Gardeners Cautioned to Protect Feet, Choose Proper Footwear

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Though even gardening shoes and clogs can be stylish, experts say gardeners should only wear shoes that fit properly and protect feet while walking, digging and kneeling. In addition to choosing the proper footwear, gardeners need to protect skin and toenails from the elements while pursuing the perfect bloom.

Though even gardening shoes and clogs can be stylish, experts say gardeners should only wear shoes that fit properly and protect feet while walking, digging and kneeling. Handling wheelbarrows and the occasional annoying garden snake requires that feet be protected, and that quick-footedness is not impeded by loose-fitting shoes.

In addition to choosing the proper footwear, gardeners need to protect skin and toenails from the elements while pursuing the perfect bloom.

Foot care expert Carol J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation (http://www.xenna.com), a distributor of natural foot care products, says, "Gardening is an activity that is both creative and fun - except when your feet become painful due to an errant pebble or tired due to improper support."

Podiatrists say cuts from rocks, broken glass, nails or other sharp objects can lead to infection from soil-borne bacteria. Shoes, including clogs, should be designed to protect feet from moisture, dirt and mud while being comfortable and easy to remove and keep clean. Podiatrists warn against going barefoot or wearing sandals when gardening.

A few tips for selecting footwear are that they should be:

1. Easy to get into and to take off.
2. Waterproof - to keep feet dry, protect from mud, and make easier to clean with a hose afterwards.
3. Sturdy and tough, yet have lightweight construction.

Along with walkers and others whose feet get a real workout, gardeners tend to develop dry, rough skin on heels and toes. Shoe styles such as flip-flops that leave skin exposed (definitely not appropriate while gardening) can contribute to the problem of dry, flaking, or cracked heels, and ruin the appearance of feet for other activities, such as swimming or summer strolls in sandals.

Xenna's acid-free, diabetic-friendly CalleX Ointment (http://www.callexointment.com) offers a fast-acting way to keep feet soft and smooth while gardening. CalleX Ointment quickly thins and softens hardened, thickened skin and removes dry, cracked or scaly buildup. CalleX Ointment is used and sold by podiatrists but can also be purchased in the foot care section of chain drugstores and mass retailers.

Free of potentially irritating acids, colorants, parabens and lanolin, the natural enzymes in CalleX exfoliate only dry, hardened skin, leaving normal skin unaffected, as it moisturizes and rejuvenates dry, cracked heels.

Lightly fragranced with refreshing, natural peppermint oil, CalleX Ointment is sold in a 1.75 oz. jar. With daily use, complete exfoliation and/or softening takes between 2 and 4 weeks.

Gardeners may also find that their once clear, healthy-looking nails have become yellow, dark or discolored over time. For unsightly toenails, Xenna's patented, diabetic-friendly NonyX Nail Gel (http://www.nonyx.com) exfoliates the dark, yellow or thick granular material called keratin debris, which can build up under nails over time, making them unattractive.

With regular use, natural NonyX Gel softens, breaks down and then clears out unattractive keratin debris under toenails by permitting it to be scraped out from under the nail beginning after about four weeks. Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive with regular use.

Buck says, "Gardening is my hobby and I must admit my legs start to 'feel it' after three or four hours if I don't pace myself with sit-down activities like planting annuals. Once my feet get wet, I change my shoes. Now, I throw out any shoes that my feet don't like. Just as I've always protected my hands when gardening, I make sure my feet stay dry and padded with a gel insole, so I can keep going in the garden, and still have plenty of energy to rake up those pulled weeds at the end of my day with nature."

NonyX Nail Gel is money-back guaranteed, and can be purchased in the FOOT CARE section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Wal-Mart, Meijer, TARGET, Snyders, Longs, Duane Reade, ShopKo, Kerr Drug, Giant Eagle, HEB, Bruno's, Hannaford, many other grocery stores and most Medicine Shoppe pharmacies.

CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is also money-back guaranteed, and can be purchased in the FOOT CARE section at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, most Wal-Mart Supercenters, TARGET, Snyders, Longs, Duane Reade, Kerr Drug, Giant Eagle, HEB, BI-LO, Bruno's, many other grocery stores and most Medicine Shoppe pharmacies.

Online, both are also available at http://www.xenna.com.

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held, woman-owned company based in Princeton, NJ which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails. To contact them call 800-368-6003 (business hours, Mon-Friday Eastern Time) or email customerservice@xenna.com. View their press page at http://www.xenna.com/info_pressreleases.html

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