Monsoon is welcomed by open arms by one and all. Rain brings respite from the heat. It helps in the production of food for us and fodder for the animal. It cleans our surroundings and brings freshness all around. In an agriculture based economy like ours, a good monsoon ensures that the country thrives along with their farmers. The romance of getting drenched in the rain, the music in the raindrops on your window, the fresh cool wind on your face as you walk down with an umbrella, watching children play without a care – nothing else can bring about so much pleasure than the rain.

Monsoon surely brings the relief from summer but what it also brings is wet, smelly and dirty feet, fear of fungal and bacterial infection and many concerns related to the feet. During the rainy season, we often tend to neglect the most important part of our body, which is our feet. Foot care is of primary concern in the monsoon and hence we present some tips that will help you enjoy the monsoon.

In monsoon, humidity increases the chances of foot-related ailments, which is why one needs to take extra care of them. The rains can cause bacterial and fungal infections like ringworm, itching, and redness.

Keep your feet soft and also bacteria-free by following these simple tips.

Keep your feet clean

It’s important to have healthy, fungus free and clean feet. You can keep your feet healthy by washing them daily after coming back from work or a casual outing. After inserting antiseptic liquid in lukewarm water, immerse your feet into it. Dip your feet for at least 10 minutes and then wash the feet very well with an anti-bacterial soap. Pat dry with towel.

Talcum powder

If you’re going out, dry your feet with a towel, apply some talcum powder and keep your feet in the air for some time. Then wear socks and go out. If you have a smelly feet problem, then apply talcum powder along with powdered camphor on the feet and then wear socks or shoes.

Exfoliate

Always exfoliate your feet while bathing. It’s one of the best monsoon feet care tips. The simplest way to exfoliate is by soaking them in plain or luke warm water. Add some normal hair shampoo for better results and dip your feet for 5-10 minutes. Use a pumice stone in the end.

Exfoliating feet with a pumice stone
Exfoliating feet with a pumice stone

Moisturise

Apply moisturiser on your feet daily; even if they are not cracked or dry. Don’t leave your feet dry in the monsoon. You can also massage your feet with sweet almond oil or olive oil at night for those soft and supple feet.

Apply moisturiser on your feet
Apply moisturiser on your feet

Toenail care

Keep your toenails trimmed so that less dirt accumulates underneath the nails and cleaning feet becomes easier.

Foot soak

In one-fourth bucket of warm water, add half cup of coarse salt and 10 drops of lemon, or orange essential oil (if you cannot get essential oil, use half cup of lemon or orange juice). If your feet tend to sweat a lot, use a few drops of tea tree oil, as it has germicidal properties. It helps to deal with bad odour. Soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes.

Dry your shoes

Often, after walking around during monsoons where the ground is wet and puddles abound, your shoes tend to get soggy. Never wear wet shoes! Make sure you dry out your shoes overnight so that they are dry again when you use them. In fact, if you keep them out in the sun, then you will also have the benefit of UV rays killing bacteria.

Wash your footwear

Always wash your sandals, slippers and shoes after coming home – especially when it’s raining – in antibacterial water. And keep them in an airy place.

Say no to closed shoes

Closed shoes in monsoon tend to increase the moisture content of your feet. This exposes your feet to fungal infections. So, wear open-toed shoes in order to keep your feet properly aired out.