In summer, the feet need more love and attention than normal. As the weather begins to warm up, you sweat more between the toes and on the soles of your feet, increasing the risk of foot fungus. This can lead to bacterial infections and skin problems such as athlete’s foot, especially if you wear closed shoes.
Here are 8 essential tips for the summer:
1. Keeping feet clean – 7 Keeping feet clean and dry helps prevent infections, smelly feet and other foot problems. Wash them with warm water and mild soap at least once a day and soak your feet in a warm foot bath once a week to soften the skin and nails before cutting the nails or rubbing.
After washing, use a dry towel or washcloth to remove moisture between your toes. Moist feet act as a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, but they also promote blisters and ulcers.
2. Moisturize them – Although dry skin may be more common in winter, excessive sweating and exposure to water in summer can also have adverse consequences. If the skin of your legs and feet is dry, there is a greater chance of cracking, itching and bleeding. Use a good foot cream to help keep feet soft and supple.
The best time to hydrate the feet is right after washing them. To prevent them from becoming rough and dry, apply the cream before sleeping and wear socks to prevent it from rubbing on the sheets.
3. Callus Care – Calluses are pieces of hard skin that usually form on the soles of your feet due to the pressure on them all the time. Use a foot file or pumice in the shower or after dipping your feet to gently smooth a callus, but avoid rubbing them too hard.
If you have diabetes, be very careful when rubbing or licking calluses. You can hurt the softer skin around these hard bumps while being too vigorous, which will leave them open to infection.
4. Maintain the nails of the feet – Taking care of the nails of the feet is an important aspect of foot care, not just because the untrimmed nails are bad. With the collection of dirt, grime and mushrooms under the edge, they can also catch all kinds of things. Cut them when they grow long and use a nail file to smooth the edges.
When cutting nails, cut them in a straight line to avoid ingrown nails. Dabbing with tea tree oil can help prevent nail fungus, but use antifungal ointment on yellowed, discolored or thickened nails.
5. Pamper Your Heels – The heels support your weight while walking, and they are also constantly rubbed against the insole of your shoes. This makes them susceptible to cracking and bleeding, so give extra care by rubbing and moisturizing regularly and wearing comfortable shoes.
Consider using cushioned or molded insoles with your shoes to reduce pressure on aching feet. If you have sore or tired feet and legs, wear graduated compression socks and get enough rest.
6. Treat foot injuries – Even a minor foot injury can become a major headache if you do not give it immediate attention. If you have a blister, dab it with an antiseptic and use a blister or plaster instead of swallowing or plucking. Cover minor cuts and abrasions with a clean, dry dressing.
Athletes, runners, seniors and people with diabetes are even more likely to develop infections due to dirt, sweat and heat. Consult a doctor for serious injuries, especially if you have diabetes.
7. Wear copper socks – copper compression socks are a must-have in the summer, for several reasons:
Infused with antimicrobial copper ions, they kill bacteria and fungi on contact.
They can reduce swelling of the legs and feet, which gets worse in the heat.
By wicking moisture AND antimicrobial, they control perspiration and eliminate odors.
Copper socks are known to improve skin health, preventing inflammation, sores and ulcers.
By stimulating blood flow, compression socks can help manage varicose veins.
Improved circulation makes long-distance summer trips more comfortable.
Wear copper-infused socks at night to keep your feet warm, soft and happy!
8. Stay in the sun – We take care to protect exposed skin on the face, neck, shoulders and arms with sunscreen or SPF cream, but how often do we
remember our feet? While wearing open sandals or walking barefoot on the beach, the tops of the feet also get a lot of sun.
Protect the skin and nails of your feet from UV damage by applying a high-protection sunscreen on the tops and bottoms. Reapply sunscreen after bathing, showering and washing feet.
If you follow these tips and take care of your feet in the right way, not only will they look beautiful and beautiful, but they will stay healthy all summer long. And while you’re here, grab a pair of copper compression socks!