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
6) Nourish your skin
- Your skin gets very dry in the summer and the soles of our feet do not have oil glands, so re-hydrate regularly
- Specialist foot creams are better as they are thicker, absorb more quickly and soften the skin
- Never put cream between the toes as this encourages fungal infections
- File away any hard skin using a foot file or pumice stone
7) Don’t ignore any foot issues?
- Pain/ infection? Treat at home or seek professional help
8) Have regular check-up with a foot health professional
- Every 6 months if you are diabetic or have foot issues
- Yearly if your feet do not give you any problems
9) Exercise your feet
- Keeping mobile as we age becomes very important. Pilates and Yoga are particularly good for the feet
- Exercise/mobilise your feet at home using a tennis ball or pediroller, pick-up a towel with your toes to strengthen your arches
- As we age we also lose our balance so practice standing on one leg, maybe introduce an uneven surface such as pillow to stand on, hopping, or more advanced, use a wobble board
10) Treat your feet
- Our feet are our foundation. If they are not healthy, as we age we lose our mobility and independence, becoming isolated and dependent on others. Depression and a deterioration in our general health can follow
- Treats can be Reflexology, soaking feet in Epsom Salts at the end of the day, a pedicure (check hygiene levels first), visiting a foot health professional regularly
Whatever your age, fitness-levels or time of year, our feet are our foundation, so don’t ignore them. If our feet hurt, we hurt all over!
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