It’s September, and that means Spring has finally sprung! Woohoo! We at Sutherland Podiatry Centre often find ourselves saying, to patients and among ourselves alike, time flies when you’re having fun, so soon enough it’ll be Summertime! We aren’t exactly big fans of the cold, so we welcome some much-needed warmer weather and sunshine.
How do you get ready for Summer? While you’re out busily buying shorts and swimmers, preparing your pool, getting your legs waxed, or doing whatever else you need to get done before Summer, you should also be thinking about how you have (or haven’t) looked after your feet over the last few months. Winter tends to be the time of year when people “let themselves go” in terms of their foot health. We understand you might not be thinking about your feet as much when their constantly cocooned in thick socks and Ugg boots!
If you have a look now, you might notice that your nails have gotten a bit gnarly, or there’s a lump, bump, spot or rash you hadn’t notice before. If this is the case, or if you’re experiencing any other kind of foot pain or woes, it’s time you booked yourself in to see a Podiatrist. Even if this isn’t the case, you should know how to look after your feet and prevent any problems as the weather gets warmer. Your foot healthcare needs aren’t the same all year-round, so here we offer some important pointers to help care for your feet during the Spring, Summer and even early Autumn period:
- If your skin is susceptible to sun damage (sunburn and/or tanning), remember to apply sunscreen, including to your legs and the tops of your feet!
- Don’t walk around barefoot, especially outdoors, to protect your feet from pain, injury and sun damage.
- Try to limit the amount of time you wear sandals, thongs and other summery, flimsy footwear that doesn’t properly support your feet (ask your podiatrist about what shoes are best!)
- While we know you may not want to, unless you want blisters or even a fungal infection, always wear socks with enclosed shoes!
- Make sure you regularly alternate the shoes you wear to prevent fungal infections.
- Always properly dry your feet, including between your toes after swimming and bathing, also to prevent fungal infections and irritation.
- To prevent dry skin and even cracked heels, moisturise your feet after bathing – if you don’t know what moisturiser to buy, at Sutherland Podiatry Centre we sell our own Peppermint Foot Cream formulated specially to relieve dry, calloused and cracked feet!
If you have any further questions or concerns about your feet or how to take care of them properly this Summer, you need to see a Podiatrist! They can offer you specialised advice pertaining to your personal foot health, and make sure your feet are the best they can possibly be, so you are Walking On Air.
Please be aware that Spring and Summertime appointments are limited and book out quickly, so call us TODAY on (02) 9542 3491 to see a Podiatrist ASAP, so your feet and healthy and ready for Summer.
The Sutherland Podiatry Centre Team