Our feet go through a lot every day. We subject them to uncomfortable shoes, grueling workouts, and (if you’re lucky) perhaps some late night dancing. As if that weren’t enough, conditions like fungal infections and ingrown toenails are all-too-common as well.
There’s no single remedy for all these issues, but CBD oil might be more versatile than most. It’s become a staple of the skin care world in recent years, and while much of the attention has focused on what it can do for your face, it looks like it might have a lot to offer your feet as well.
Aside from its ability to manage pain, CBD could also be useful in treating common foot complaints like corns and calluses. Both of these conditions result in thick, rough patches of skin, and they’re commonly treated with a combination of moisturizing and exfoliating products. Here, CBD may be able to help both directly and indirectly. Many CBD products have a rich content of fatty acids that can help moisturize dry skin, while others (such as sugar scrubs) take advantage of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties to relieve the redness and discomfort often caused by a rigorous exfoliation.
However, CBD isn’t the only way to get your feet looking (and feeling) human again. Before you book a pedicure or a trip to the podiatrist, you may want to give some of these products a look.
CBD Soaking Salts by Empower ($12)
These hypoallergenic soaking salts come in a 4 oz. container with 15 mg of lab-tested CBD (though you’ll have to ask the company to provide them, as the test results aren’t yet available on their website). They’re made with Epsom salts as well as Pink Himalayan and Dead Sea salts, and are free of toxins and GMOs.
4 Pack Pedicure Tools by Esarora ($13)
This pack of pedicure tools includes two foot files which can be used to remove dead skin and two stainless steel callus removers which can also be used to tackle corns. They make a good pairing with the first item on this list, as the manufacturer recommends soaking your feet for 10-15 minutes before starting your self-pedicure.
Peppermint Reviving Pumice Exfoliating Foot Scrub by The Body Shop ($12)
Made with volcanic rock granules and fair trade peppermint oil, this foot scrub also contains menthol to provide a cooling sensation as you exfoliate. The fresh, fragrant scent has earned plaudits from many reviewers, and it’s gentle enough to be used on all skin types.
Cold Therapy Socks by NatraCure ($25)
If you suffer from foot pain, these socks could be just what you need. They’re billed as providing immediate relief from mild symptoms (like general soreness) and severe ones (like arthritis) thanks to the removable gel packs that can be placed above and below the foot.
Remedy Antifungal Soap by Remedy Wash ($14)
Made with 100 percent natural ingredients — including tea tree oil, aloe vera extract, and coconut oil — this soap provides antifungal and antibacterial protection against conditions like athlete’s foot and nail infections. It also fights odor without the use of artificial chemicals, which is a nice bonus.
GEMS: Gel Toe Separator and Toe Stretcher by Yoga Toes ($30)
If you’re not sure why you’d want or need a toe stretcher, here’s a quick explanation: they help prevent bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, and other painful foot conditions. These hypoallergenic products are made in the U.S. with medical grade gel, and they’re free of BPA and latex.