10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy This Summer

10 Top Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy This Summer

Summer is a time of sunshine, relaxation, and outdoor activities. However, it's also a season when our feet are exposed to various risks, from scorching sands to contagious infections. To ensure your summer is worry-free, here are ten essential tips to keep your feet healthy and happy throughout the season.

1. Protect Your Feet in Public Spaces:  Whether you're at the pool or in communal showers, always wear footwear to shield your feet from bacteria and viruses lurking on surfaces. This simple step can help prevent common conditions like athlete's foot, plantar warts, and fungal nail infections.

2. Cover Up at the Beach: When walking to and from the beach, or strolling on hot sand, wear shoes to avoid painful burns on the soles of your feet.

3. Opt for Supportive Footwear: Avoid going barefoot or wearing flip-flops without arch support, especially if you've been wearing supportive shoes during winter. Abrupt changes in footwear can lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendinopathies, and ankle sprains. Look for brands that offer supportive summer sandals or flip-flops like Birkenstock, Vionic, Archies and Strive Footwear.

4. Moisturise Your Feet: Keep your soles and heels smooth and crack-free by applying moisturising cream daily. Cracked heels are common during summer due to open-heeled shoes, and they can lead to pain and susceptibility to infections.

5. Don't Forget Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen to your feet (including the soles) to protect against harmful UV rays. Skin cancers can develop on your feet, and sunburns can be incredibly painful, making it uncomfortable to wear shoes and be mobile.

6. Maintain Your Exercise Routine: Stay active during the summer months to prevent muscle deconditioning and maintain strength and fitness. Even a short daily walk can make a difference in easing the transition back to your regular exercise routine after the holidays.

7. Keep Your Feet Dry: Moisture can lead to fungal infections, so ensure your feet are dry, especially after swimming or showering.  Use of moisture-wicking socks such as bamboo and hemp will help to keep moisture at bay.

8. Trim Your Toenails Properly: Cut them to the shape of your toenail, which can be painful and prone to infection. Don't cut them too short, and gently file any rough edges.

9. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential for overall health, including the health of your legs and feet. Dehydration can lead to dry, cracked skin, so drink plenty of water throughout the day.

10. Listen to Your Feet: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain in your feet. Ignoring foot pain can lead to more serious problems down the road. If you experience persistent pain or symptoms, consult one of our Berkhamsted podiatrist's for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Remember, taking care of your feet is essential for overall health and well-being. By following these ten tips, you can enjoy a summer filled with fun and relaxation without worrying about foot problems.

If you need more advice on keeping your feet healthy, don't hesitate to contact us on 01442 817718 or book an appointment here to see one of our Berkhamsted podiatrists.

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