Hello, sunshine seekers! As the summer heat kicks in, it’s time to kick off those shoes and let your feet breathe. Whether you’re planning a beach getaway or enjoying a staycation, your feet deserve some extra TLC during the summer holidays. As a podiatrist, I’ve got you covered with tips to keep your tootsies in top shape.
1.Hydration for Happy Feet
Just like the rest of your body, your feet need hydration too. Treat them to a refreshing soak in cool water, and don’t forget to moisturize. Opt for a foot cream with peppermint (hint – look at our specialised cream in the clinic) or eucalyptus for an extra cooling sensation.
2. Sunscreen: Not Just for Your Skin
Your feet are no exception to the sunscreen rule. Those thongs or sandals may be cute, but they expose your feet to harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen to the top of your feet to prevent sunburn. Pro tip: Choose a water-resistant formula if you’re planning to take a dip.
3. Toe-Tally Cool Footwear Choices
Give your feet a break from closed shoes and embrace breathable footwear. Sandals or thongs with arch support are a fantastic choice, providing comfort and style. Remember, blisters and sore spots are not the souvenirs you want to bring back from your summer adventures.
4. Beat the Heat with Proper Moisture Management
Sweaty feet are a common summer woe. Combat moisture by wearing moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes. This helps prevent fungal infections and keeps your feet feeling fresh, even on the hottest days. Here we recommend bamboos socks as they are the best for wicking away excessive perspiration.
5. Stay Active, but Listen to Your Feet
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities, but don’t overdo it. Listen to your feet – if they’re telling you they’ve had enough, give them a break. Soreness and swelling are signals that it’s time to kick back and relax.
6. Watch Out for Beach Hazards
Beaches are great, but hidden dangers lurk in the sand. Keep an eye out for sharp shells, rocks, and hot surfaces. Wearing water shoes provides the protection you need without sacrificing the beach vibes.
7. Keep Your Feet Dry in Water Shoes
Whether you’re splashing in the waves or exploring rocky shores, water shoes are your best friends. They protect your feet from rough surfaces and help prevent slips and falls.
8. Rotate Your Shoes for Happy Feet
Give your favourite summer shoes a break by rotating them. This helps prevent excessive wear on one pair and allows your shoes to breathe, reducing the risk of odours and infections.
9. Ice, Ice, Baby for Instant Relief
If your feet feel swollen and tired after a day of summer fun, give them a refreshing treat with an ice bath. Fill a basin with cold water and ice cubes, soak for 10-15 minutes, and let the coolness work its magic.
So, there you have it – your guide to happy, healthy feet this summer. Follow these tips, and your feet will be ready for whatever adventures the season brings. Wishing you a summer filled with sunshine, laughter, and happy feet! We all hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break, look after those feet as you only get one pair for a lifetime!
Til next time
The Team from Sutherland Podiatry Centre