Healthy feet are happy feet, and happy feet make life so much better. With the summer months fast approaching, here are some tips for keeping your feet fresh during the summer heat.
Start with a Foot Check-Up
Summertime takes a toll on your feet. You spend more time outdoors, and you exchange those heavy winter shoes for lighter footwear that shows off your feet. Start the summer with a podiatry check-up to make sure that your feet are in good shape. We look for ingrown toenails, calluses, injuries and other conditions that can interfere with your summer plans.
Wear the Right Socks
Your feet need to breathe this summer, and the right socks make all the difference. Modern sock designs allow you to find styles that fit your personality and favorite outdoor activity. For daily use, we recommend synthetic materials that pull perspiration away from your feet. Cotton is not necessarily the best option because it tends to trap moisture, and this creates an ideal environment for bacteria. For hiking, walking, running and other activities, choose socks that provide extra cushion on the pressure points of your feet.
Pamper Your Feet with Soaks and Massages
After a long day of shopping, playing sports or just enjoying summer, give your feet a rest with a nice soak and gentle massage. For the soak, use essential oils to stimulate and soothe your feet, as well as combat any lingering odors. Tea tree oil is good for making your feet smell nice, and it also helps with any abrasions or blisters. Another odor killer is peppermint oil, and it also helps with swelling. For dry feet, try a little lavender oil. After the soak, massage your feet with a balm that contains shea or cocoa butter. You can even add a little sugar for a nice scrub.
The skin on your feet is some of the most delicate on the body, and this area is often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. Any exposed skin is vulnerable to the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays, so use a high-quality, light sunscreen on your feet. Be sure to reapply it every few hours because sweat and water may reduce the effectiveness of the product.
Treat Sunburn Quickly
Sometimes sunburn happens, and the feet are prone to developing a severe type of sunburn known as “sun poisoning.” Initially, it may look like you have a normal sunburn, but within a few days, the skin starts to blister, and your feet are swollen and painful. Staying hydrated, avoiding sunlight and taking non-prescription medications normally helps with symptoms. If your symptoms continue or worsen over the next day or two, we recommend that you be seen by a doctor for treatment.
Are Your Feet Ready for Summer? Contact Arlington Podiatry Center
At Arlington Podiatry Center, we offer medical services for your feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.