Take Care of Your Feet This Summer
Are you ready for summer? How about your feet? Are they summer ready?
Not only do our feet get us from point A to point B, but they’re on display a lot this time of year. Have you picked out the perfect summer nail polish color?
More important than how they look, make sure you keep your feet healthy.
Here are a few suggestions to keep your feet in good condition.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: Do you remember trying on new shoes when you were a kid and lifting your big toe to see how much room there was before the end of the shoe? Wasn’t it always a thumb’s worth to grow? During the summer, too much wiggle room can make for uncomfortable feet. The right shoes are key to pain-free feet.
- Not too loose – to avoid blisters
- Too tight – stretch them by wearing them with socks around the house
- Avoid flats – arch support is essential
- Add cushioning – if you’re planning to walk a lot, pamper your feet and add some extra cushion
- Apply Sunscreen: Like your stomach, which hasn’t seen the light of day in months, your feet haven’t either. Make sure to slather the tender skin with sunscreen. If you take a walk in the water, reapply sunscreen. Don’t forget that the bottom of your feet can burn, too.
- Avoid Walking Barefoot: Raise your hand if you’re looking forward to a swim in the pool? There are no street shoes allowed in the pool, but definitely wear them when walking around. The wet, dark surface of a locker room floor is a prime hiding place for foot fungus. Other things you want to avoid stepping on are:
- Broken glass
- Bees or wasps
- Hot roads or sidewalks
- Broken seashells
- Dog poop
- Sharp rocks
- Prevent Blisters: Friction = Blisters. It does not take long for your feet to blister, especially in the summer when they are sweatier. To keep them healthy:
- Wear moisture-wicking socks
- Keep your shoes and socks dry
- Make sure your shoes fit properly
- Wear socks with the correct shoes – athletic shoes without socks is a recipe for a blister
- Avoid swollen feet – an increase in activity level combined with high heat and humidity can lead to some puffy feet. Simple natural ways to reduce swelling:
- Elevate your feet
- Drink water
- Ice packs
- Cool water foot soaks with Epsom salts
- If you find yourself with a blister, use First Aid Blister Care.
- Clean Your Feet: Do you take your shoes off when you walk into your home? You might want to. According to a study by the University of Arizona, an average of 421,000 different bacteria was found on shoes, and the transfer of the bacteria from the shoes to floors ranged from 90% to 99%. Since you can’t take off your feet, washing them right when you get home is a fantastic idea!
- Air Them Out: Take some time to kick off your shoes and socks and let your feet breathe.
- Exfoliate and Moisturize: Do you want to wear cute sandals or flip-flops, but you’re embarrassed about your dry, cracked heels? Check out some home remedies to help manage the skin on your feet.
- Hydrate: Remember to drink water. Moisturizing starts from the inside. Drink water! Lots of it!
- Pedicures: Of course, some pampering is always nice! Grab a friend and hit a salon or pick up some bright colors and DIY.
Now that you’re all set with ideas for healthy feet, kick back, put them up, and enjoy your summer!