The summertime is a great time to show off your new sandals and allow your feet to breathe. But since the warmer months can be rough on your feet, it's important to give your feet a little extra care to keep them looking great and feeling healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your feet in tip-top shape during the summer:
Keep feet clean
The best line of defense against fungal infections is proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes. Wash feet with soap and water daily, and dry them thoroughly to prevent infection. Apply the soap to a loofah or wash cloth and rub directly on all surfaces of feet, paying special attention to between your toes each day. Also dry your feet well before donning socks and shoes, especially between your toes. Wear shower shoes in public places, like pools and locker rooms. And to prevent ingrown nails and toenail fungus, keep toenails trimmed straight across.
Avoid walking barefoot
The hard surfaces here in Texas are not meant for barefoot walking. Wear a supportive house shoe with shock absorbtion. Walking outside in the summertime without shoes increases the risk of injury and infection. You never know what’s sitting out in the grass or on the beach, and the last thing you want is to unexpectedly step on a sharp rock or piece of debris and cut your foot or even get a bug bite.
Protect feet from the sun
Wearing sunscreen is extremely important in the summertime - and that means lathering up the exposed skin on your feet and ankles too. If you’re a habitual sandals wearer don't forget sunscreen on your feet!
Keep your feet fungus free
Coupled with good foot hygiene, you can also prevent toenail fungus and athletes foot by alternating your shoes. this allows the shoe to dry out fully. If you suspect a fungus infected nail, visit us right away for early treatment.
Treat your feet to a pedicure
Eliminate rough, dead, winter skin and improve the appearance of your toenails with a pedicure. Do it yourself, or pamper yourself with a professional pedicure for attractive summer feet you'll be proud to show off.
The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends getting your pedicure in the morning, when salon foot baths are at their cleanest. Don’t shave your legs prior to your pedicure, even if you’re tempted to! When your legs are freshly shaven, they can have small cuts that allow bacteria to enter. Also, ensure you or the person performing your pedicure does not cut your cuticles, because they are your nail’s barrier to infection. Make sure your salon uses an autoclave to clean instruments.
After the pedicure, don’t leave nail polish on for months. Remove it periodically to allow your nail bed to breathe, and then you’re free to swap to another festive summer color!
Prevent painful blisters
Sandals and flip-flops can lead to irritating blisters when they rub against your bare skin. Use padding, gel bandaids or bandages to prevent and reduce friction.
Examine your flip flops
Flip flops are great for allowing your feet to breathe all summer long, but thong and flimsy sandals can result in sore feet and ankles due to their lack of support. Choose styles with arch and heel support to keep feet healthy and pain-free.
Following these easy steps during the summer months can go a long way in keeping your feet looking and feeling their very best. Inspect your feet daily, and if you encounter any unusual foot problems or experience pain, contact our office for a thorough evaluation
Use moisturizers every night on heels. Never apply moisturizers between your toes.
If you have any questions regarding your foot health. Do not hessitate to contact us.