Ladies N Leather (Winter 2017)

We schedule appointments with our doctor to take care of our general health, our dentist for our oral health, and our optometrist for our eye health. But where do your feet rank on your list of health priorities?  Having healthy feet is vital to our overall health, which makes getting regular pedicures very important to the health of your feet. Riding comes with a lot of added stress to our feet. A good pedicure can be relaxing, relieve stress, and serve as conditioning for the health of your feet.

A pedicure includes soaking in warm water, exfoliation of the skin, a massage with oil and lotion, and clipping, filing and trimming of the nail.

Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, cracks, and other foot problems; abrasions of the skin on our feet can lead to infection. Massage is essential in promoting circulation, which helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. The increase in blood flow can reduce pain, distribute heat throughout the body, and help with leg and foot fatigue, which is critical for bikers.

The exfoliation process, which is the removal of dead skin, prevents skin cells from accumulating. This accumulation of cells causes painful and can lead to uncomfortable bunions and corns. Removal of dead skin on your feet, especially the heel, promotes new cell growth, which creates smoother and softer feet.

Regular clipping, trimming, and filing of the toenails prevent the nails from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet and under your toenails helps prevent nail diseases (fungi) and odors. Healthy toenails also help protect the toes from trauma.

Take care of yourself and your feet, so that a painful foot issue never stops you from enjoying your bike.  Make sure to get a pedicure once a month to keep your feet in healthy condition.