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When it comes to other people, there are certain parts of their body that most of us would quite happily never get too close to.

From touching other people's eyes to catching sight of someone's manky-looking toes, we can be a sensitive bunch when it comes to the human anatomy.

But, if the thought of getting all up in someone else's foot space makes your stomach turn, you can count yourself lucky that the vast majority of us have NO intention of exposing other people to these tooties of ours.

That's right ladies; a whopping 66% of the Irish public would rather swelter from the ankle down than actually reveal their feet in a pair of flip-flops.

Whether it's a lack of polish, the possible stank factor or the fact the our heels alone could bring us seven years bad luck, us Irish are very precious when it comes to getting our feet out for the lads.

In fact, according to a survey by Scholl, the same amount of people find this body part the biggest turn-off in their partner.

Is it any wonder we're so damn sensitive?!




It’s that time of the year again when we have to shed our final layers and actually – gasp – show skin. The thought can be daunting, especially for those of us who hate our feet, and there are quite a lot of us.

Here’s how to get beautiful feet you can be confident about when the nice weather comes out:

How to cure smelly feet
It’s important first to deal with any underlying issues you may have with your feet – such as bad odour. To keep your feet smelling clean, make sure to wash them thoroughly at least once a day and more if the weather is particularly warm. Wear loose fitting shoes and breathable socks, or none if possible.

Yellow toenails
Many women who suffer with yellow toenails are more than likely dealing with a side-effect of wearing nail polish. However, it’s important to rule out any fungus first. If you think your yellow nails are down to nail polish and not something more serious, try rubbing the nails with some lemon juice.

Dry, cracked skin
Summer feet are moisturised feet. If you have cracked heels and dry, calloused skin on your feet, invest in a high-quality foot moisturisers. Apply at night and pop on some cotton socks. Your tootsies should be soft in no time.

Using a foot scrub can ensure your feet are rid of dead skin cells. To make a homemade foot scrub, mix brown sugar, olive oil and some essential oil of your choice before scrubbing feet and rinsing off. Do this once a week for smooth, soft feet. You can also invest in a pumice stone to keep your feet soft. 


There is nothing worse than sitting beside someone who decides it’s a good idea to take off their shoes only to be welcomed by a whiff of something nasty.

However, smelly feet, particularly during the summer, is pretty common as the temperature rises and you spend more time walking than sitting in the car.

If you have a fear of foot odour try these tips:

Wash your feet
Make sure you wash your feet every evening when you get home. This will wash away any sweaty residue on the soles of your feet so that it won’t build up.  

Foot lotion
Rub some fragrant foot lotion on your feet before you go to bed. It is best to do this before you head to bed because your feet will be pretty slippery and we don’t want any accidents.

Change your shoes
Don’t wear the same shoes every single day. Every day your feet sweat and not changing your shoes or at least wearing soaks will just cause a build up of sweat – stinky.

Wear socks
While we’re talking about socks, make sure you wear them with your shoes – see above. If you are more of a pump wearer a pair of pop socks or little see through socks ware perfect.



Your feet are often the last thing that you think of when it comes to your beauty regime but the first thing when it comes to summer time – flip flops anyone?

Here’s how to have the perfect tootsies all the time:

Exfoliate your feet once a week and you won’t end up with hard cracked heels and toes. You can either invest in a good foot scrub or make your own. Simply mix honey with sugar and apply to your feet.

Give your tootsies their very own bath once a month. Pour hot, but not boiling water, into a basin, add some Epsom salts and leave your feet in it for about half an hour. You can do this while you’re watching Corrie!

Just like you would your face, rub some moisturiser onto your feet. You can use Vaseline or a moisturiser that contains Vitamin E. Make sure it is fully dry before you get up and start walking around as it can be very slippery!


While your eyes may be the window to your soul, some health experts reckon your feet can say a lot about what’s going on on the inside.

Cold feet
Cold feet could be one of many signs of an underactive thyroid or poor circulation. A simple daily medication can ease symptoms, with a blood test determining if you suffer from the condition.

Frequent foot cramping
Foot cramping can mean dehydration and nutritional deficiencies. If you’re exercising make sure you’re taking in enough water, as dehydration can lead to cramping. Also upping your intake of calcium, potassium and magnesium may help.

A sore that won’t heal
A cut, sore or blister that won’t heal can be warning signs for diabetes or skin cancer.  Go to your doctor if you’re worried and be extra careful when checking your body, paying attention to every inch of skin –  including between toes.

Flaky or itchy skin
This could be a fungal infection, most likely to be athlete’s foot. There are plenty of over the counter remedies to treat the irritable symptoms, and keeping your feet as cool and dry as possible will also help. It could be caused by eczema or psoriasis.

Enlarged big toe
If your big toe becomes suddenly enlarged, it could be your body showing signs of an inflammatory issue, like gout.

Far from only being caused by tight footwear, bunions could actually be an inherited faulty foot structure. Speak to your doctor as surgery is often an option.

Heel pain
This could be a sign of strain on the ligament.  Ease up on intense workouts, and where sensible footwear while the pain eases.