Keep Feet Neat For Summer
The warmer months are upon us, which means it’s time to ditch the boots and sneakers, for flip-flops and open-toed shoes. Before you swap out the socks for bare feet, there are some concerns to keep in mind. Spending more time outdoors whether it’s with your feet buried in the sand or feeling the soft green grass under your toes, foot health can become compromised by sunburn, calluses, or puncture wounds. If you plan on baring your feet to the elements this summer, these tips will help you care for them so that you can lower your risk for problematic foot conditions.
Every two weeks, cut nails straight across and avoid trimming too close to the skin, or drastically rounding the corners of the nails. Doing this increases a patient’s risk of developing ingrown toenails. In addition to cutting the nails straight across, be sure to:
- Use appropriate clippers
- Leave nails a little long
- Cut nails when dry, not wet
- Don’t cut cuticles
Giving your feet the protection they require, will protect the feet from infection and injury this summer. It’s easy to keep your feet healthy as long as you maintain these measures.
- Soothe Sore Feet – You can pamper your feet by simply exfoliating, soaking, and moisturizing them. Exfoliation is a safe way to remove dead skin and revitalize it, while soaking eases sore and tired foot muscles. Using moisturizer on the bottom of the foot is great for eliminating cracked skin that is left-over from winter months.
- Avoid Blisters – Wearing the wrong size or shape of a shoe can cause feet to morph, blister, callous, and burn due to friction. By keeping feet dry, clean, and wearing proper-fitted footwear, you can prevent these common and unsightly foot troubles.
- Throw Away Old Shoes – Shoes that are too tight, or ones that have run their course due to wear and tear can cause long-term foot problems. When shopping for new shoes, be sure to know the exact size of your foot to avoid pain. Having extra room allows the foot to flex and the toes to move forward with each stride. This will prevent cramps in the toes as well as ingrown toenails and calluses.
- Get a Pedicure – This goes for the men as well! A pedicure isn’t just designed to make your feet look more attractive. In fact, the word pedicure is derived from the Latin words “pedis” which means “of the foot,” and “cura” which means “care.” A pedicure will help clean and remove dead skin cells from the feet and the nails will be properly trimmed and cleansed.
Don’t attempt to treat your own painful foot misfortunes. Instead, visit a podiatrist to prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. The condition may be treatable with prescription medication or a minor in-office procedure.