The scorching summer sun calls for some feet freedom from our sweaty shoes. But before you get excited and rush to step on that freshly cut grass and warm sandy beach, we at FitMyFoot have compiled just the list to take care of your feet in the summertime.
Take care of your feet this summer
The high temperatures can have adverse effects on your feet. To begin with; the heat leads to increased sweating and consequently smelly feet. Smelly feet are abodes to bacterial colonies and can lead to severe fungal infections like the Athlete's foot. This can be socially embarrassing and lead you to cover up your feet, which in turn, makes the problem worse.
Moreover, choosing the wrong shoe size can leave you with sore feet and blisters. While flip flops are a go-to for many, selecting the right flip flops could be tricky. It’s essential to take care of your feet, especially during the summer. Let’s give you some tips.
Here are top 10 tips to keep your feet healthy and smiling during the summer
- Choosing the right shoe
While choosing the right shoe size is essential, choosing the right shoe type is also equally important. Flip flops are a popular choice for many; however, many fail to realize that most traditional flip flops are flat, and thus do not support your feet and cause increased pressure on the spine.
The FitMyFoot flip flops are designed specially to mimic the foot's natural shape and make walking easier, comfortable, and enjoyable. They are not flat like the others and have been engineered to keep your feet in a unique way by letting you enjoy the breeze of a flip flop and the support of a sneaker.
The contoured heel cup cradles and cushions your foot through every step while preventing it from being over-exposed. The Comfort Plus Sandals are scientifically proven to reduce foot pain and improve stability, while the Comfort Sandals are known to provide support and durability that last well beyond store-bought brands.
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- Exfoliation is the key
Exfoliating your feet every now and then helps remove the dead skin leaving your feet feeling as soft as silk. You may use a pumice stone or a foot scraper to exfoliate once or twice every week. After exfoliating, it is important to moisturize the skin using a trusted foot cream.
- Prevent Athlete's foot
The best way to avoid Athlete's foot is to wash your feet regularly and to allow some ventilation every now and then. If you do get an Athlete's foot, use an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream after washing your feet.
Avoid walking barefoot in public places like the beach, for example, and make sure that you are applying the medicine on both the feet (the affected and the non-affected one too). Make sure that your feet are always dry – blow-drying cuts down the hassle to around a minute or so after washing; moisture can create optimum conditions for the growth of bacterial colonies.
- Tackle foot odor
To tackle those stinky feet, mix a gallon of water with about a cup of white vinegar and soak your tootsies in for about 10-15 minutes, and then just rinse, dry, and moisturize. Washing your feet also helps to get rid of the toxins and chemicals that your feet encounter.
5. Let you feet breathe
You may feel self-conscious of your feet or their smell, and be prone to covering them up with socks and shoes, even in the height of summer. In reality, this can make your feet worse. Make sure that you are giving them the space that they need - go sockless in the comfort of your home and try out some flip flops.
- Support your feet
Where many plan exciting hiking trips, feet and their unwanted sufferings are often not taken into consideration. In order to protect your feet from unwanted blisters and inflammation, make sure that you are wearing the right shoe size. FitMyFoot has also launched special insoles that have made walking more of an experience and less of a chore.
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- Toenail care
Although you may not realize this, people look at your feet before they get to know you better or even look at your face. Research has revealed that shoes are one of the important aspects that give others a cue about your personality type.
Having unkept or unclean toenails peeking through the summertime flip flops can make you feel embarrassed and can present a negative depiction of you to new people. Use nail clippers to cut your nails regularly and file them to give them a clean-cut shape. To check out more interesting nail trends, click here.
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- Stay hydrated
The summertime heat can be cruel and literally suck the life out of you. In order to beat the heat effectively, ensure that you are hydrating yourself regularly and abundantly. As per recent studies conducted, ample intake of water has been linked to healthier skin and improved circulation.
- Treat yourself to a pedicure
Getting a monthly pedicure can be a lifesaver - a favor that your feet will thank you for in the longer run. Plus, it’s a great way to take a little ‘me’ time and relax.
- Soak the tootsies
After a long day of walking and rushing to get your chores done, soak your feet in a lukewarm water bath infused with your favorite essential oils and Epsom salts to get rid of the inflammation. Undoubtedly, your feet will thank you for the regular ritual.
Do not burn yourself out by overthinking and overdoing. Experiment with the above tips to determine which one fits you and your feet best. Allow your toes to enjoy this summer while taking all the necessary precautions in mind. For more information on how to keep your feet healthy year round, check out this article How to Keep Your Feet Healthy.