Post-summer Foot Care Tips
Post-summer Foot Care Tips
Minimise the impact of summer on your feet
By Michelle Moyle, Integrated Podiatry Clinic
There’s no denying summer has a positive impact on our health. The warmer weather, extra dose of vitamin D, increased physical activity and delicious refreshing foods can make even the biggest winter-lover feel good. However, one area of the body that can come under extra pressure at this time of year is our feet.
Here are our five top tips to help your feet survive the aftermath of summer.
1. Moisturise your feet daily
The skin on the feet is more prone to becoming dry and cracked during the summer months due to the weather, footwear and pressure. Apply cream to the soles of the feet as well as the top, but avoid using it between the toes as this can lead to fungal infection.
Exfoliate the skin on your feet using a foot scrub or pumice stone. This will help keep your feet feeling soft and smooth. If the build-up of hard, dry skin is beyond the humble pumice stone, book yourself in for a medical pedicure.
3. Elevate your feet
This will help reduce any swelling that the warm weather or long periods of standing can cause. For maximum effect, put your feet up above the level of your heart – the yoga pose Viparita Karani (lying with your legs up against the wall) is great for this.
Add some simple calf stretches into your daily routine. Summer footwear can cause the feet and legs to work a little harder, which can lead to increased muscle tension or even possibly an injury. Using a spiky ball or tennis ball under the arches of the feet and heels can also help to reduce any tightness in the muscles.
5. Foot hygiene
Good foot hygiene is especially important during the summer months. Warm weather can cause the feet to sweat more, increasing odour and the risk of fungal infection. Wash and dry feet carefully, especially between the toes. Allow your shoes the opportunity to ‘air out’ by alternating footwear daily. Also, use clean socks each wear as yesterday’s pair will be a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you would like further advice or have any concerns about your feet, don’t hesitate to contact Michelle from Integrated Podiatry Clinic.
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