With the arrival of warmer weather, many of us will be baring feet that have spent all winter hidden inside shoes and socks. If you haven’t kept the above foot-care regime over the winter months, get started as soon as possible!
In hot weather, feet are likely to perspire more. Apart from potential odour problems, this leads to conditions that allow bacteria and fungi to thrive. Keep your feet cool and hygienic by:
- Choose shoes with leather lining. This will also help to absorb perspiration and help your feet from becoming too hot.
- Allow your feet maximum exposure to fresh air by not wearing shoes at all when relaxing at home. Please note, if you have diabetes or circulatory problems, going bare-foot is not recommended because of the increased risk of cuts or abrasions going unnoticed.
Going on holiday rarely involves a break for our feet. Trips to hot, dry climates increase the likelihood of dry skin, cracked heels and increased perspiration. Often, our footwear changes from the well-worn and comfortable to newly-purchased sandals or flip-flops. This can cause friction that leads to blisters and other painful problems.
When packing your bags, remember to pop a few foot care products in with your beachwear and sun hat.
Feet get sunburned too!
It’s easy to forget about the skin on the tops of your toes, upper feet and ankles. But its thin nature and the fact that it’s usually protected by shoes and socks makes it especially susceptible to sunburn. It’s best, therefore, to use the same type of high-factor cream you’d use on your face.
However, if your feet hurt after taking all the precautions, something is wrong. In this case we recommend that you visit a podiatrist, who will advise you on the best course of treatment. You can also prevent foot problems before they occur by visiting a local podiatrist for advice on how to keep your feet healthy and in top condition. We recommend that you have a regular foot health check with your podiatrist.
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