Other causes include swelling from varicose veins, menstrual periods, or simply standing or sitting for a long period of time. Basically, any time excess fluid gathers or settles in the feet, it's going to cause swelling. Feet are particularly susceptible because they're such a long way from the heart, and blood has to fight against gravity to make its way back up there. Varicose veins may look like bunches of grapes, cords, or rope-like structures under your skin. Your legs may also feel achy, heavy and tired. Sometimes people with varicose veins also develop an itchy rash or even ulcers on the skin. I was going to write my first reflexology article explaining all about reflexology and how it works, yet something someone said last night during a meeting I attended inspired me to write about the feet and why it is of benefit to work with them. Someone made a brief comment about their feet, which another person answered saying ?well, everyone?s feet are always sore!? This comment made me realize that reflexology or not, there are so many reasons as to why we should ALWAYS look after our feet. We owe it to them! 2)Go to a reputable nail salon. A lot of nail salons follow strict regulations regarding sanitation and cleanliness, but some do not. It would be better for you to clean your own nails. However, if its not possible for you to do so, you could choose to purchase your own cleaning tools, which you can bring to the salon for your personal use. Doing so would help your skin avoid contracting infection. The skin, the largest organ in the body, plays an important role. It controls body temperature and serves as a barrier to infection. Large areas of psoriasis can lead to infection, fluid loss and poor blood flow (circulation). To test whether your arches still have some spring in them look at your feet when you are standing. Do they have arches or not? Then sit with your legs dangling. Is the arch higher or are they still flat? If the arch is higher you still have some spring in them. You can work on that and strengthen them. If the arches are still flat you will need orthotics to support them. Podiatrists call orthotics, orthoses (from the Greek, orthosis - making straight). Corns and calluses are both caused by friction and pressure. They are usually a protective reaction to prevent damage or blistering of the skin. In a tub, take some warm water and add soda bicarb (baking soda) in it. Soak your feet in this mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. If the need be, scrub your feet with pumice stone. Do this remedy for 4 or 5 days to see the results for yourself. Like soda bicarb, Epsom salts can also be used to soak the feet in water. Exfoliation of the dead skin is very helpful in treating dry and cracked feet. Daily exfoliation helps in keeping the skin on the topmost layer healthy. If you have pain in a corn, even when you do not have shoes on, you have most likely developed bursitis which is inflammation of the joint under the corn. Bursitis is often treated with an injection of anti-inflammatory into the inflamed area. This type of pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist, because the other reason for pain without shoes is an infection in or around the corn. Toe infections can become serious and may even lead to amputation in some patients. Don't ignore your toe pain! Claw of toes or Hammer Toes The toes become clawed forcing additional pressure over the tips and tops of toes. Taylor's troubles were foreshadowed in her childhood, when she began to suffer from fatigue and anemia. In her early 20s, she experienced poor circulation. By the time she was turning 40, she developed aches, swelling in her hands and feet, her skin began to harden, and her head and face went nearly numb. Moreover, she began meditation to help heal her spirit as her body was mending, defying the odds and the research that told her she could never be cured. You'd never believe that if you saw her today. She works in real estate and still takes part time shifts as a nurse, her first career. Preventing skin hardening on feet can be enjoyable as much as it is easy. An undemanding day by day routine that forms part of the daily hygiene routine which includes relaxing the feet to rest and a warm foot bath can make all the difference. The use of certain foot nurturing products that include skin softening creams and gels will also lend a hand in putting a stop to skin hardening. Keeping up with simple practices such as the use of a pumice stone, keeping feet dry, proper feet rest, and adequate moisture - is definitely the means to healthy foot treatment for hard skin Shoes make the outfit. We kick off our shoes or sandals when we get home. Somewhere in between putting them on and taking them off, our feet can suffer from some uncomfortable shoe side effects. Do your feet ache, throb, hurt? Its important to take care of your foot health as theysupport the rest of your body, its posture and balance.Lets see if we can break down whats causing your broken down foot. Foot Pain Chart Hammer Toe. An imbalance of the tendons (either above or below the toe) causing toe(s) to curl. Also called a claw toe or mallet toe.