Afshan S. Khan
One of the joys of summer is to step out in sandals and open toe slip-ons, as it is the most convenient way to beat the heat. However the scorching season also calls for extra care of feet by teenage girls and women to look out for foot problems — corns, calluses and cracked heels.
Due to this fact, in summers, the most common complainants are those women who wear open sandals and slip-ons to show off their feet but end up damaging them due to their daily exposure to sun, dust and humidity. The complaints are mostly cosmetic rather than medical but still need treatment.
In winters, feet can be tucked in socks and warm shoes, but in summers, they need to breathe and be kept in airy conditions for them to look their best in the latest and trendy footwear. Nobody can deny the relaxation one gets after walking barefoot on cool grass and cold floors, which is another factor in feet presenting a horrible picture.
Shazia Hameed, a beautician, when asked about this aspect of healthcare said that women take shower daily in summers but do not clean their feet as the way they should be cleaned. “It is really surprising to see women spending thousands of rupees on facials but not a single penny on their feet that bear the heavy load of their bodies all day long,” she said.
“At salons, we offer varieties of pedicures but if they do not seem affordable, women can take care of their feet at home with minimal effort. I advice my clients to soak their feet in warm water with salt to get rid of cracked heels and have soft and supple feet. Rubbing on moisturisers and special foot creams and use of different kinds of pumice stones can really improve foot skin and help get rid of dead skin cells,” she said.
She also suggested that before going to bed at night, one should apply a thick layer of cold cream or Vaseline on the feet and wear a pair of socks over them while sleeping. “It is shocking to see women with dolled up faces but highly neglected feet,” she said.
Shazia Jabeen, a housewife, while talking to ‘The News,’ said that whenever I perform ablution (wazu), I make sure that I dry my feet, especially between my toes, as leaving them damp would enhance the susceptibility of infection and eczema on my feet. She admitted that before her marriage, she had all the time to take care of her hands and feet but now it has become impossible for her to visit saloons and get manicures and pedicures. “Who has the time for these luxuries? We have other problems in our life that we have to take care off,” she said.
The News, 19/6/2008