Monday, February 18, 2013

Benefits From Soaking Feet in Epsom Salt

When it comes to our health, there are many “home remedies” out there that people use or do to look younger, rejuvenate their skin, detox their body or just feel healthier. Some do nothing, some can do more harm than good and others are actually really great remedies that make a difference.

Epsom salt is a common product often used for gardening and household chores. Did you know that it is great for feet too? Foot specialist, Dr. Jeff Bowman at Houston Foot Specialists in Houston, TX tells many his patients about the benefits of using Epsom salt for feet. Epsom salt is often found in scrubs, bath salts and soaps. You can easily find it at any grocery or drug store.

Epsom salt is able to benefit the body due to its two main minerals, magnesium and sulphate, being able to easily absorb into your skin. Some of the ways these two minerals help include:
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Improve skin problems
  • Treat foot and toe fungal infections
  • Soothe aching tired feet
  • Soften skin and reduces foot odor
  • Draw out infections
You can pamper or treat your feet in an Epsom salt foot bath by adding ½ cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for 20 minutes then dry feet thoroughly, especially between your toes and apply a moisturizer to keep skin from drying out.

If you have any concerns about your feet, a wound or an injury, consult Dr. Bowman beforehand to make sure Epsom salt is safe for your feet. Call our podiatric office at (713) 467-8886 with any questions or to make an appointment. You can visit us online as well at www.houstonfootspecialists.com.
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