Summer is always the best and worst time of the year for our feet. Free from the confines of the cold and no longer stuck in boots and closed in shoes, nothing feels better than having them in a comfortable pair of open toe shoes or sandals.
Unfortunately this can also lead to other problems as our new found freedom can also lead to newfound neglect. Namely on the skin and nails of our feet.
Here are some tips to help keep your feet happy and healthy during the warm summer months:
- Moisturise. Do it daily, and do it often. Apply liberally and pop a pair of socks on and walk around. You only need to keep the socks on for about 10 minutes or so.
- Keep your nails a reasonable length.
- Remove your nail polish. That doesn’t mean don’t use it, it simply means if you apply it, don’t leave it on your nails for 6 or 8 weeks. It will damage the nail and can leave staining which can be difficult to remove. If you put it on, take it off.
- Don’t walk long distances in inappropriate shoes. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking, wear the proper shoe for it. Thongs and ballet flats are very comfortable for short distances or the beach but they are not suitable for walking around the city all day, particularly in the heat. You can wind up with blisters, cracked heels or an injury.
- Listen to your feet. If they are getting sore, don’t ignore them. Put some good sturdy lace up shoes on temporarily and look after them.
- Get help. If you know you suffer from cracked heels or are prone to injuries during the summer months, any of our friendly team will be more than happy to assist you and keep you moving forward.
- Have a wonderful summer!
From the Team at Sutherland Podiatry Centre