The weather is finally starting to heat up. So if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to work up the courage to take your feet out of the cocoon they’ve been living in all winter and expose them to the light of day. If you’re like me, you’ll be met with perfectly preserved, baby-soft, and PALE tootsies, thanks to their months of slumber in cozy boots and socks. But before you put them through the paces of summer living – walking barefoot around the beach and pool, wearing sandals and flip flops, and getting pedicures at the nail salon – make sure you take the proper precautions to keep your feet healthy.
Here are 4 tips for healthy summer feet:
Walk barefoot as little as possible. We know, the sand beneath your toes feels great, but walking barefoot can increase your risk of injury to your feet, as well as the risk for contracting a bacteria. And it’s not just outdoors where your feet are in danger. Walking barefoot in hotel rooms and locker rooms can expose your feet to athlete’s foot, ringworm, and plantar warts, so wear flip flops as much as possible when you’re not at home.
Be careful with blisters. Slipping on sandals or other summer footwear for the first time can cause blisters and cuts on your feet. Not taking proper care of these injuries can cause serious infections. Be sure to clean the affected areas of your feet and apply an antibiotic cream. Then, cover the area with a bandage or moleskin and avoid wearing those shoes again until you’ve healed.
Protect your feet from the sun. This is something I forget to do every year, so I always start the summer off with an intense sunburn on my feet. Remember to cover your feet and ankles with sunscreen, just as you would with any other exposed area of skin.
Practice pedicure safety. Your cuticle is a protective barrier against infection. Request that your cuticle not be pushed back or cut, which increases the risk of contracting a fungal or staph infection of the nail. Also, remember to ask your nail technician how the instruments are cleaned, or bring your own set if possible.
How do you take care of your feet during the summer? Share with us below.