When Daylight Savings Time rolls around, it’s a sign that summer is not too far behind. And when the pleasant weather arrives, it’s time to break out your new warm-weather footwear. But because the warmer and hot weather can be hard on your feet, you should indulge in some extra TLC, so they’ll feel and look healthy. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares some tips for keeping your feet in the best shape they can be.
- Soak your feet and dry them thoroughly. Warm water soaks with Epsom salt go a long way in mending winter damage. Soak for at least 10 minutes to get rid of dead skin, then lightly scrub your heels using a pumice stone. But don’t over-soak! After each bath or foot soak, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Bacteria and fungi thrive in dark, wet areas like between your toes, so pay special attention to that area!
- Begin moisturizing. Before going to bed, apply a good moisturizer or foot cream, working it into the heel and soles. But don’t put it between your toes because it can create too much moisture in this area that fungus thrives in!
- Trim your nails correctly. Be sure to properly cut your toenails by trimming them straight across with a good toenail clipper. Leaving your toenails rounded can result in painful ingrown toenails.
- Carefully inspect your toenails for changes. If your toenails have changed color or thickened at all, it’s an indication of nail fungus. If you suspect you have fungal nails, you need to visit your podiatrist. OTC fungal nail products often don’t stop the problem at the source, and the fungus soon returns following treatment.
- Wear the proper footwear. Are last year’s spring or summer footwear worn or tattered? If so, get rid of them and purchase new ones. When shopping for new footwear, ensure they fit properly and don’t squeeze your toes. If they do squash your toes, it can cause bunions or blisters.
By following these easy steps during the warmer months, your feet will feel and look their very best. If you experience pain or encounter any unusual issues, contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA to schedule your next visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.