We've created a very simple quiz that can be a good predictor of foot health. As you read each question, jot down the number of your answer and then add them for your total.
When you're done, find your plan below. For your convenience, each plan also has a link to a kit that includes everything you'll need for healthier, softer feet.
Let's get started...
#1. When you look at the bottom of your feet, what do you see?
1. Soft and smooth skin
2. A few areas of rough and dry skin
3. Hard, dry skin or calluses on heels, toes or balls of feet
#2. Do you ever get painful “cracks” in your heels?
3. Yes, often
#3. What kind of shoes do you wear?
1. Comfortable roomy shoes with no more than a 1” heel.
2. I mostly wear comfy shoes, but sometimes wear high heels for special occasions.
3. I love high heels and wear them all the time, for work, socializing and weekends too.
#4. During the day how much time do you spend standing on your feet?
1. I spend most of my day sitting down.
2. I sit a lot, but do get up frequently.
3. I stand more than four hours a day at work.
#5. With regard to feet, how do you spend your free time?
1. I mostly enjoy activities that don't require me to be on my feet.
2. I have a good mix of activities, so I'm on and off my feet a lot.
3. I enjoy very vigorous sports, and run and/or walk long distances everyday.
#6. Do you go barefoot often?
#7. Do you live in a climate that has extreme temperature changes?
#8. Rate the care you give your feet.
1. I am religious about keeping them soft and smooth - and get frequent pedicures.
2. I keep them clean and take care of them when there's a problem but that's about it.
3. I'm too busy to worry about my feet.
#9. Do you suffer from any of the following?
___Pain during or after activity
___Toe or nail inflammation
___Persistent foot odor
Recommended Foot Care Plans:
If your total is less than 10:
Either you're very lucky, or you are taking great care of your feet!
Use Nourishing Foot Cream to keep feet & legs soft, and and add a little 95% Shea Butter Balm in the drier months. You may enjoy using our Exfoliating Foot Scrub once a month to reveal smoother, softer skin on feet and legs. We recommend our “Basic Moisturizing” kit for you.
If your total is between 10 and 20:
Like most people, you have pretty good feet. You just need to continue keeping your feet cleansed and moisturized.
I recommend using our Exfoliating Foot Scrub once a week with our terra-cotta Foot Scrubber, and moisturizing with our Nourishing Foot Cream after every shower. In very dry weather or the artificially “dry weather” from central heating, a little 95% Shea Butter Balm goes a long way.
We recommend the "Complete Healthy Feet Kit" for you. It's a good way to try all the products and figure out what you like the best. Your feet aren't bad enough to warrant drastic action - so if you can learn what products you're most likely to use - that's half the battle. Once you know what you like - you can just reorder those items.
If your total is greater than 20:
Your feet may be more than a little neglected, which is probably no surprise. When feet are really in trouble, it's hard to know where to start. But problem feet are often due to old, bad habits and you just need to change your habits.
It can be hard to get started, but you'll love having healthier feet. We recommend a "Deluxe Organic Foot Care Kit" for you.
There are lots of ways to make it easier to take care of your feet. At home, you need a new routine:
Moisturize daily with Nourishing Foot Cream. Keep a jar on your bedside table to help you remember. Pick morning or evening to moisturize, and be religious about it. Massage in the foot cream and then layer a generous dab of 95% Shea Butter Balm over the dry parts like heels and balls of feet. Cover with socks. If you don't like wearing socks to bed, try making this a part of your morning routine.
Twice a week, soak your feet in Revitalizing Foot Soak Crystals, or a home made soak. We have lots of great recipes in our Home Spa Recipes Cookbook. After soaking for 10 minutes, apply our Exfoliating Foot Scrub, and scrub gently with a Foot Scrubber. Then dry lightly and apply Nourishing Foot Cream.
On a personal note, I have found that getting a professional pedicure is not only incredibly relaxing, but a great way to jump-start my foot care routine.
Believe me, pedicurists see and help people with all kinds of feet, and can often work miracles! To inspire yourself, when asked if you want Nail Polish, say "yes" and pick the hottest red you can find. Painted toenails may make you feel like showing off your feet, and be an even bigger impetus towards better habits!
Some Special Thoughts:
If you answered "Yes, often" to #2, and cracked heels are a persistent problem, it would be wise to visit a Podiatrist. Continually cracked heels can be a symptom of a more serious issue.
If you checked any answer on #9, these are also issues that may warrant a visit to a Podiatrist. While our products are wonderful for helping keep feet healthy and soft, we know that some conditions require professional attention.
Whatever you do - don't forget - we're here to help! Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all. Good luck!