A foot pampering guide for nurses

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We nurses tend to spend most of our long shifts running around, and that can take its toll. In fact, our abused feet can end up looking downright atrocious.

During the colder months, we’ve been able to slip on our socks and Crocs and hide our poor little piggies, but when it gets warm our toes are exposed in sandals and flip-flops (when we’re off-duty that is)!

What to do? Spa visits are time consuming and expensive. And you’re certainly not going to open a makeshift spa in your hospital like these hospital staffers allegedly did.

Instead, I recommend that after your next shift you go home, get your soak on, and give yourself a great DIY pedicure that’ll make your feet sparkle.

What You Need

  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Large basin (to soak feet)
  • 2 hand towels
  • Deep moisturizing lotion
  • Nail polish
  • Toe separators

I find it easiest to do this at-home pedicure in the bathroom so the faucet is close by for wetting and rinsing the towels.

First, fill the basin with warm water and mix in the Epsom salt. This will help to soften your feet. Soak for about 10 minutes.

Next, remove your feet from the water, and trim and file toenails to your liking. Apply a bit of the oil to the cuticles and work into cuticles while gently pushing them back. Soak feet again for about two minutes.

Mix the remaining oil with the sugar until a nice exfoliator is created. Rub onto feet, concentrating on rough areas such as heels and calluses. You may also exfoliate your legs to get rid of any dry and damaged skin.

Wet the two hand towels with hot water and wrap your exfoliated hands and feet entirely. Keep hot towels on until they are completely cooled. Remove towels while working off the remaining exfoliator.

Apply the deep conditioning lotion of your choice to legs and feet. Remember to focus on the rough areas.

Wipe any lotion from your nails so the polish will properly adhere, and you’re ready to paint! Be sure to use toe separators or cotton between the toes so the polish doesn’t rub from one toe onto the next.

Enjoy your new beautiful and soft feet! (And if you have any more tips for self pampering on a budget, share them here!)


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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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3 Responses to A foot pampering guide for nurses

  1. morag lockhart

    Try pineapple juice mixed with warm or hot water to soak your feet it naturally softens and exfoliates the dry areas aswell

  2. Kitty

    A great and easy facial is get one ripe papaya mash it up and spread on your face. Awesome exfoliation.

  3. I love the article by Megan Gilbert, “A Foot Pampering guide for Nurses”. We all need to do our own self pampering at least once a week, if possible. I make sure to do some sort of self-pampering session for me, myself and I. I can enjoy some peace and quiet in the comforts of my own home without having to go to and from a destination. I can relax and continue to relax after my self-pampering session, instead of jumping into a car to drive home and dealing with traffic issues after a relaxation session. You know what I mean? You can bet once your behind the wheels of your car and some maniac driving 110mph around will scare the socks right off of you and your back to being tense…Forget that…I believe in self-pampering for nurses 100%. If I am not relaxing in my California Cabo Signature Spa with the lights off enjoying each jet hit just the right spot in each muscle group from neck to finger tips, legs and toes with a fresh fruit smoothie (no ETOH, I don’t drink, but if you like too by all means enjoy a little), I absolutely love a good foot massage. There are times you just have to do this yourself. I like a massage cream that has eucalyptus, menthol and/or mint or Foot Works which includes an analgesic in it for achy feet. I will sit on the couch in a reclining position with my warmed up lotion and start at the toes and work all the way up to my mid thighs. After standing all day my feet hurt and my legs are achy and when I give myself that wonderful massage, it increases blood flow/circulation, relaxes my sore achy muscles and helps relax my feet which have stopped throbbing by the time I am finished massaging them. I can bet I spend an almost an hour on each foot and leg. It’s great! Or get in a nice hot shower (or whatever temp you like) and exfoliate your entire body (gets the blood flowing for circulation) and rinse it off and stay in the hot shower. Then use a body mask made of eucalyptus and menthol (it’s tingly and hot which helps those stiff muscles) Make sure to do your feet as well with both. Leave on for as long as your heart desires and then rinse it all off with the hot water. As I am doing this I even have both the exfoliant and the mask for my face as well and I am doing this too. From my head down to my feet. Trust me, once you try it…you’ll keep on doing it…It is the ultimate in relaxation if you like products that feel warm to hot on the skin and tingle. I believe it is the best thing that helps with relaxing my muscles after a hards day work or stressor….After that use an any kind of body oil… Neutraogena Almond oil is great, baby oil lavender scent is great too and put that on to lock in the moisture. As your putting that on massage it in for that final touch of your spa pampering session just for yourself. It’s one the best things ever you can do just for yourself. Once your done put on some comfy clothes and relax and go to bed or just enjoy hanging out with your loved one relaxing side by side on the couch. Just do it for yourself!