Summer in Toronto is spectacular. The sun is out, people have come out of hibernation, and are spending more time outdoors; walking instead of driving or taking public transit, participating in sport activities, attending local festivals, camping, hiking, and more!
However, with increased activity, we can’t forget about our feet. In fact, it’s all the more reason we should give our feet a little more love and care. To get you started, here is your go-to checklist for healthy feet this summer season.
This can’t be stressed enough: Wear the proper shoes for the activity and for your foot type. Footwear can make a drastic difference and dictate whether or not you come home with sore feet at the end of the day. This summer try opting for shoes that help your feet rather than work against them. Limit the use of heels, flats, and flip flops; rather invest in a good running or walking shoe. Look for shoes with good support, cushioning, adequate torsional stability, and that accommodates the natural shape of your foot.
Keep your feet moisturized. Wearing sandals and open toe shoes can really dry out your skin and calluses may build up. Overly dry skin loses its elasticity and can tear, which can increase your chances of contracting an infection. You can prevent this by simply applying moisturizer every day to your feet, preferably one that contains the ingredient urea. Urea helps your skin to absorb moisture as well as exfoliates it from dead skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth.
If your feet feel sore or tired, try a foot bath with Epsom salt. Epsom salt helps to reduce inflammation and swelling, irrigates infections or wounds, and even controls unpleasant odors. Make the experience even more therapeutic by adding your favourite scented essential oil.
Toe supplies (band-aids, corn pads) and general foot care
Finally, if you notice a blister or experience pain or tenderness from excessive friction, make use of the foot care supplies available at your local drug store such as band-aids, silicone toe separators, and corn pads. Maintaining proper foot hygiene such as keeping your toenails trimmed and feet clean will also reduce risks of any complications. Wash your feet daily and wear a clean and dry pair of socks with closed toe shoes every day.
Summers in Toronto are great, but they’re short! So, get out there and take full advantage of it while it lasts. Don’t let your feet get in the way of having your most memorable summer yet.