6 Easy Ways to Score Healthy Summer Feet

Healthy is the new beautiful for feet this summer!Summer time is the time to show off your feet in pretty (and supportive) sandals. Follow these guidelines to keep feet looking and feeling good for their season of flaunting!

1. Wear shoes that fit

Always try shoes on before buying them and try to buy shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their biggest due to natural swelling.

2. Check your feet

Take regular scans to spot changes or noticeable issues. Be on the lookout for yellow, brittle and discolored nails (could be a fungal infection) dry, red or flaky skin (athlete’s foot) and changes to the foot shape, especially if there’s swelling where the big or baby toe meets the main foot (bunion or tailor’s bunion.)

3. Keep feet clean and moisturized

Wash feet at least once a day to avoid odors, using an antibacterial soap if you’re predisposed to smells. Dry feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, and apply a good foot moisturizer everywhere except for between the toes.

4. Cut nails with care

It’s best to use nail nippers, rather than nail cutters, because they have a smaller cutting blade and a longer handle. Cut nails straight across and avoid going too low at the edge or down the side to avoid ingrown toenails.

5. Alternate shoes

Our feet naturally sweat; wearing the same shoes every day doesn’t give them a chance to dry out. A damp shoe can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which in turn can lead to bad smells and fungal problems.  Cleaning the inside of your shoes will also help keep problems at bay.

6. Don’t ignore foot pain
Pain is a sign of a problem. The scope of that problem—and the correct course of treatment—can only be determined by a trained professional so see your doctor at the first sign of discomfort!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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