Living in slippers is causing ‘lockdown foot’ and can even weaken your muscles

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Like baking banana bread and bingeing Bridgerton, loungewear has become synonymous with lockdown life.

With nowhere to go and nobody to see, we’ve spent the last year embracing the joy of joggers, the warmth of a hoodie and the downright delight of padding about in slippers all day.

But it seems the latter might be having a sinister effect on our health.

If you’re wearing slippers all day, you’re probably prone to having sweaty feet. Not only is this a bit uncomfortable and in some cases, smelly, but it can lead to fungal nail infections and athlete’s foot. Eww.

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“Since we’ve spent more time around the house in slippers, it means that dry, hard or calloused skin, which we’d normally tackle with regular pedicures, has had a chance to build up,” explains Samantha Kendrew, training manager for nail brand Jessica.

Whilst comfy, padded footwear is less restrictive than heeled boots and trainers, wearing it all the time can actually make the muscles in the feet a bit lazy, weak and stiff.

Over time this can throw your entire body out of whack.

So while you’re pottering around indoors all day, try to go barefoot as much as possible to work all those muscles in the feet, and save the slippers for best.

If you can’t bear to part with your working from home comfies, go for an open-toed style to let your feet breathe.

As Samantha says: “Now’s the perfect time to make the most of lockdown and get your feet back into shape – it’s as simple as setting aside five to ten minutes a day to pamper them.”

So treat yourself – and your soles – to an at-home salon sesh with these pedi picks.

The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub, £7.99 here

If your feet are feeling a bit sweaty and urgh, this zingy exfoliator will put some pep in your step. It’s made with peppermint oil, which provides instant refreshment for tired, worn-out soles.

Massage a scoop-full over damp feet, starting on the heel and balls of the feet then work between the toes, before rinsing thoroughly.

Footner Exfoliating Socks, £9.99 here

These plastic socks are filled with a mild acid gel that gently sloughs dead skin. Wear them for an hour, wash your feet and within seven days you’ll notice your skin starting to peel.

It’s a bit like a snake shedding its skin – gross but kinda satisfying. Not the most glamorous of treatments, but thoroughly effective.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, in this month’s Beauty Edit box, from £16.50* here

Like the cult hand cream, this is mega rich and cosseting but not at all greasy and sinks in quickly.

It relieves that tired, heavy foot feeling, leaving soles smooth and silkified.

You’ll find a luxe sampler of it in this month’s Beauty Edit box along with a selection of ‘me-time’ treats worth over £40.

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Jessica Rejuvenation Base Coat for Dry Nails, £11.95 here

Consider this a personalised prescription for dry, brittle toenails.

The treatment slowly drip-feeds the nail with conditioning ingredients to nourish and improve flexibility.

If you’re going polish-free at the moment, aim to reapply the base coat every two to three days.

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