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๐Ÿ‘ฃ Summer Foot Care: How to Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy All Season Long ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Summer is the season for sandals, beach trips and outdoor adventures. While we embrace the warm weather and the freedom it brings, it's essential to pay special attention to foot care. The summer heat, increased activity and open footwear can take a toll on our feet. Here are some expert tips to keep your feet healthy and happy all summer long.




1. Stay Hydrated and Moisturised

Just like the rest of your body, your feet need to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to dry, cracked skin, which is not only unsightly but can also be painful.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Drink Plenty of Water: Ensure you're drinking enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Moisturise Daily: Use a good-quality foot cream or lotion daily. Apply it after your shower when your skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture. For extra care, apply a thick layer before bed and wear cotton socks overnight.



2. Protect Your Feet from the Sun

The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of your body. Don't forget to protect it.


๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Apply Sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on your feet, especially if you're wearing open-toed shoes or going barefoot. Reapply every two hours and after swimming.




3. Choose the Right Footwear

Summer often means more time spent in sandals, flip-flops, and even going barefoot. However, the wrong footwear can lead to problems.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Wear Supportive Shoes: Opt for sandals with good arch support and cushioning. Avoid flip-flops for long walks as they offer minimal support and can lead to foot pain.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Alternate Footwear: Donโ€™t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternating shoes allows them to air out and reduces the risk of fungal infections.



4. Practice Good Hygiene

Keeping your feet clean and dry is essential to prevent infections, especially in the warm, humid summer months.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Wash Your Feet Daily: Use soap and water and make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Keep Toenails Trimmed: Trim your toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails.



5. Prevent and Treat Blisters

Increased activity and new footwear can lead to blisters, which can be painful and hinder your summer fun.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Wear Properly Fitting Shoes: Make sure your shoes fit well and donโ€™t rub against your skin.



6. Manage Sweaty Feet

Excessive sweating can lead to discomfort and fungal infections like athleteโ€™s foot.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Use Antiperspirant: Spray or roll-on antiperspirant can help reduce sweating.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Wear Breathable Socks: Choose moisture-wicking socks and change them if they get damp.




7. Address Any Foot Problems Promptly

Don't ignore any foot pain or problems that arise. Early intervention can prevent minor issues from becoming more serious.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Consult a Podiatrist: If you experience persistent foot pain, ingrown toenails or signs of infection, seek professional advice from a podiatrist.



Conclusion

Taking a few simple steps can ensure your feet stay healthy and pain-free throughout the summer. From staying hydrated and choosing the right footwear to practicing good hygiene and protecting your feet from the sun, these tips will help you enjoy the warm weather without any foot-related issues. Your feet will thank you!


Check out my other blog posts for tips and more. Enjoy your Summer โ˜€๏ธ with happy, healthy feet ๐Ÿฆถ .




Lynn, Podiatrist and owner.

The Mobile Foot Clinic, Sunderland.

xx

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