It’s sandal season, so it’s time to think FEET! Here are my top 10 tips for keeping your feet healthy, pain-free and active this summer.
1) Introduce a good foot hygiene routine
Wash and DRY feet, especially between the toes
Check for Athlete’s Foot and other infections and treat
Change socks/tights daily
Wear flip flops or Crocs around swimming pools, changing rooms, etc.
A foot deodorising spray can help cool feet and reduce sweating
2) Don’t ignore your nails
Trim nails regularly – straight across and file.
Long nails cause problems if left, e.g. Ingrowing, cutting into other toes, allowing fungal infections underneath, bruising of nailbed
3) Re-think the nail polishes you are using.
Use a non-toxic, antifungal range such as Dr.’s Remedy Nail Care
Use an acetone-free remover
Don’t leave polish to grow out, replace every 1-2 weeks
Occasionally allow nails to ‘rest’ and recover for a month or more, e.g., winter time
4) Apply sun protection
Skin cancer and nail cancer are very common. Always protect your feet and legs in the sun
Dr.’s Remedy Nail Care give UV protection to nails
5) Review your footwear
Always wear something on your feet to protect from knocks, burning soles, etc.
Cheap flip flops and ballet pumps do long-term damage to your feet.
Wear supportive sandals or flip flops, preferably with a contoured footbed and thicker sole for shock-absorption
Check if last year’s footwear is still ‘up for the job’ and replace
Make sure your footwear still fit. Have your feet changed?
Avoid high heels
Rotate your footwear regularly so you are not wearing sweaty footwear every day
Author: Lorna Pullman – Foot Health First