The increase in heat and humidity in the summer months can play havoc with the welfare of our feet, causing them to; sweat, blister and crack. Looking after your feet in the summer is very important because it prevents you from getting painful blisters, broken skin and infections. Choosing suitable footwear is also a good way to preserve the health of your feet, when the sun comes out we tend to choose light footwear like flip flops and sandals because they feel light and let our feet breathe. The NHS Choices website advises us to have a selection of different types of shoes to wear so that our feet don’t suffer wear and tear in the same places all of the time.
Here are some tips to make your feet flip flop ready:-
- Trim your toe nails using either, clippers, scissors or a file. This prevents painful ingrowing toenails and looks tidy too.
- Wear bare feet – this is the most natural way to stop your feet from getting sweaty and smelly.
- Only wear flip flops for a short time as they don’t support your feet and cause your ankles to hurt.
- Change your socks daily and make sure that they are mainly cotton to prevent a build up of sweat.
- Eliminate dry skin with an; emery board, foot file or pumice stone and moisturise.
- ‘Lorraine Jones, a podiatrist from The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists, says the key to preventing summer blisters is to keep your feet dry, wear shoes or sandals that fit well and aren’t too loose, and give your feet ample rest so they don’t get hot and sweaty‘. (NHS Choices)
- Treat foot infections – Wear flip flops in public places and avoid getting Athlete foot.
- Wash sweat away, make sure you wash your feet everyday and use and anti bacterial soap to freshen your feet.
If you follow all of these guidelines you will have lovely feet that anyone would like to massage and you will look great at the beach.