When it comes to protecting your feet, few seasons require as much attention as the approaching spring and summer. This is the time of year when your feet often take the most abuse, particularly if you're a sandal or barefoot fan. As the warm weather starts sneaking in, it's time to start thinking about how to protect your feet from unnecessary damage. Here are some tips to help you keep your feet looking and feeling their best.
Choose Shoes For Comfort - Not Just Looks
This is particularly true when you're shopping for summer sandals. Don't just look for the cute strappy styles. Instead, make sure that what you choose fits properly and is comfortable. Skip the plastic and vinyl styles and invest in softer materials and leather instead. This reduces the risk of blisters and irritation. If you do end up with a blister, try not to pop it. It will heal on its own if you leave it undisturbed.
Stay Attentive To Your Heels
The style of sandals eliminates a lot of important support around your heels. As a result, the fat pad that rests beneath your heel can spread when you spend a lot of time barefoot or in sandals. This can often lead to cracks around the back of your heels. Treat the area with exfoliating moisturizers and clean them with a pumice stone in the shower. Then treat any cracks with an antibiotic cream. If the cracking persists, you'll want to visit your podiatrist for a thorough exam.
Be Cautious About The Polish
Especially in the summer when your feet are out in the open a lot, you may find that you want to polish your toenails. While the polish can be pretty, it can also be a health hazard. If you leave nail polish on too long, it can promote the growth of fungus on your nails. Remember to change the polish frequently, and anytime you work with your toes, let the nail dry completely before you put any polish on it.
Keep A Summer Supply Stash
Anytime you go out during the summer, make sure that your feet are protected against sunburns and treated for any potential hazards. Make sure that you apply sunblock to the tops of your feet especially any time you're barefoot or wearing sandals because the skin on your feet will be vulnerable to burns. You'll also want to have aloe on hand to keep the skin moisturized and treat any potential sun exposure.