HEALTHY FEET ALL SUMMER LONG
Hot weather and sandals bring focus to your feet. During the summer feet are exposed and more vulnerable to irritation and injury. In fact, foot problems are so common that many people just accept them as “normal”. But, you don’t have to. Often a few simple actions may bring relief.
DRY SKIN/CRACKED HEELS During the summer months when your feet are exposed to the weather—open sandals, no socks–they can sometimes become extremely dry and the skin on your heels may even crack.
☼ Putting skin lotion on these areas sometimes isn’t enough. Soaking your feet and applying an intensive moisturizer may be the answer. Be aware that serious problems can develop if the cracks become deep or infected. Don’t overlook this condition you should consult a podiatrist. There are products to balance exfoliating and moisturizing to relieve painful dry skin.
SWEATY FEET/FOOT ODOR Wearing tight-fitting shoes, synthetic socks or shoes or hereditary factors may account for excessive sweating. When bacteria combines with perspiration feet get smelly.
☼ Keep your feet clean and dry. Using foot-deodorizing powder, odor absorbing insoles and socks can help alleviate this condition. There are new products available that actually kill the odor causing bacteria. The easy treatment takes three days and lasts for six months. For more severe cases there are prescription medications to reduce perspiration.
ATHLETE’S FOOT Athlete’s foot is a fungus that thrives on moist, wet feet. Symptoms include cracking, peeling and itching around the edge of the foot and between your toes.
☼ Preventing it is much simpler than treating it. Keep your feet and bath or shower area clean and dry. Avoid walking barefoot in community pools and showers. Always wear clean socks and don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row.
☼ If you get athlete’s foot, apply an over-the-counter antifungal powder and sprinkle some in your shoes. If symptoms get worse, or don’t resolve, a stronger or prescription medication may be needed.
☼ Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool. Avoid walking barefoot whenever possible.
☼ Use powder to reduce perspiration and wear light socks that help keep your feet dry.
☼ Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet.
☼ Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
☼ Trim toenails straight across.
☼ People with Diabetes need to take special care of their feet. Never walk barefoot, not even inside, and inspect your feet everyday. It is important to see a podiatrist at least once a year for a check-up.
☼ Never buy shoes that are uncomfortable in the store.
Remember to take good care of hot, aching feet in the summertime. Sometimes a nice cool water soak with Epsom salts or Lemon juice, a massage can also be helpful.