Top tips for getting your feet party-ready

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  • Erin Boag
    Erin Boag
    Professional ballroom dancer

With all of those holiday parties and New Year's Eve festivities around the corner, it's time to pull out your favourite sparkly stilettos.

But while high heels may look fabulous, they can wreak havoc on our poor toes, especially after several hours of socialising and dancing.

To help combat this issue, we asked former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Erin Boag, for her top tips on getting your feet party-ready.

Do an at-home pedicure

"Keep your toenails short and well filed as you don't want to get in-grown toenails, especially after they have been squashed in your shoes all day," she advised. "And always dry between your toes after bathing, I know this sounds trivial but if you don't do it, you can get dry, scaly, and cracked skin between your toes, which never looks nice."

Tackle dry skin

"Hard skin on your feet is a real no no for me. You can try using a foot file on a dry foot, but to really help manage any build-up of hard skin, give your feet a head start by using Footner Exfoliating Socks," said Erin. "These are the ideal at-home pedicure treatment for removing dry, dead skin. Pop them on and relax for 60 minutes, and within just seven to 10 days any hard, dead skin on your feet will have peeled away, revealing a layer of soft, smooth and rejuvenated skin beneath."

Some other great choices include Patchology's PoshPeel PediCure and STARSKIN's Magic Hour Exfoliating Double Layer Foot Mask Socks.

Get matchy-matchy

"Always match your toenail polish to your fingernail polish, this is something I personally like to do when wearing open-toed shoes. I think it would look odd if they didn't match. Imagine red toenails and pink fingernails!" she smiled.

Use a good foot moisturiser

"Often people moisturise their body but stop at their ankles and neglect the feet. A great tip is to use a nourishing moisturiser on your feet, try CCS Foot Care Cream, and pop your socks on overnight - I always wake up with beautiful soft feet in the morning!" the dancer shared.

Do some foot stretches

"As we look forward to the dancing season ahead, consider doing some gentle foot stretches before and after a big night on the dancefloor. If possible, try and soak your feet in warm water too when you get home. Whilst dancing is fantastic, it can be tiring on the feet, so look after them," added Erin. "Also, be sensible when choosing shoes, ill-fitting shoes or shoes without proper support can cause damage such as bunions in later life."

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