*Swollen ankles? Keep them elevated them, and try peppermint enriched creams which will give relief from swollen ankles – try Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue £9.50 from all branches.
*Forget that old wives tale that nails need to breathe. They get their nutrients and oxygen from the blood stream. A nail polish will help hide discolouration. If nails are very brittle choose one of the new ‘healthy’ varnishes which contain oils and vitamins to strengthen and condition. Try Sally Hansen Colour Therapy range £8.99 which contains argan oil to feed the nails or use a base-coat like Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat £15 from most department stores.
*For an extra hydrating hit, pamper dried out feet with a weekly foot mask. Try Starskin Magic Hour Foot Mask Socks (£9.99 www.starskinbeauty.com)
*If you suffer from painful feet there is a new breed of experts called MSK (musculoskeletal) podiatrists specializing in feet niggles and how feet interact to help prevent and manage common complaints – for more info see. www.mskpodiatrists.com
*Give your feet some water therapy in the shower- simply blast them with warm water which helps improve blood flow or cold water to reduce inflammation.
*Yoga and Pilates are both excellent for exercising feet but you can stretch your toes yourself – simply put the fingers of your opposite hand in between your toes to gently stretch them apart. Hold for 20 seconds and then gently press toes downwards so you can feel a stretch in the toes and the top of the foot. Or you can buy Toe Stretchers £14.95 from jdharris.com