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Summer Foot Care: Keeping Your Feet Happy in Hot Weather

Summertime means storing those winter boots and slipping into your favourite warm-weather footwear. But before you hit the beach or embark on a summer hike, remember that giving your feet the care they deserve is not just essential; it’s the key to thoroughly enjoying all your summer adventures — whether at the beach, pool or outside exercising! Your feet are your foundation for summer fun, so let’s ensure they’re in top shape with proper summer foot care. 

Here are some simple yet effective tips to keep your feet happy and healthy during the hot months ahead. These easy-to-follow tips can significantly impact your foot health, giving you the confidence to easily step into summer.

1. Keep your feet and yourself hydrated

Like the rest of your body, your feet need hydration. Ensure you drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, reducing the risk of dry, cracked skin on your feet. Additionally, apply a hydrating lotion or cream to your feet every day to keep them soft and supple.

2. Choose breathable footwear

Sandals or breathable shoes encourage air circulation and prevent feet from overheating. Avoid plastic or synthetic materials that trap moisture and produce sweaty, smelly feet.

3. Protect your feet from the sun

Apply sunscreen to your feet, particularly when exposed to the sun for extended periods. Like the rest of your body, your feet’s skin is susceptible to sunburn. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before heading outdoors. Consider re-applying every two hours and more regularly if swimming or sweating. See the Canadian Dermatology Association’s list of products that adhere to their standards.

4. Keep your feet clean and dry

Summer heat can increase the risk of fungal infections like athlete’s foot. To prevent this, wash your feet daily with soap and water. Then, dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use a foot powder to absorb moisture, reducing the risk of fungal growth.

5. Trim your toenails (properly)

Untrimmed toenails can lead to discomfort and increase the risk of ingrown toenails, especially during summer activities. Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid cutting them too short, and file any rough edges to keep them smooth. Doing so can help prevent ingrown toenails.

6. Give your feet a break

Summer is the perfect time to kick off your shoes and let your feet breathe. Take a moment to walk barefoot on the soft grass or sand to strengthen your foot muscles improve circulation and reconnect with nature. Just be mindful of your surroundings to avoid any injuries or stepping on sharp objects.

7. Stay active this summer with the proper footwear

Whether going for a hike or a run, wearing the right shoes for the activity is important. Proper footwear provides support and cushioning to reduce the risk of foot pain or injury, so invest in a good pair of athletic shoes that fit well and suit your chosen activity.

8. Treat your feet to a relaxing soak

After a long summer of fun, treat your feet to a soothing foot soak to relax tired muscles and rejuvenate your skin. Fill a bath or basin with warm water. Then, add Epsom salt or a few drops of essential oils (like lavender or peppermint) for an extra touch of luxury.

9. Pay attention to warning signs

If you experience persistent foot pain, swelling, or any worrisome symptoms, don’t ignore them. These could be signs of a foot condition or injury requiring medical attention. Consult a chiropodist or healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

10. Practice good foot care year-round

Finally, remember that foot care is not just for summer. Make it a habit to take care of your feet year-round by wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, maintaining good foot hygiene, and promptly addressing foot issues.

By following these tried-and-tested tips for summer foot care, you can keep your feet happy, healthy, and ready for all the season’s adventures. These tips have been proven to work, so you can trust that your feet are in good hands. So go ahead, put your best foot forward, and confidently enjoy everything summer has in store!

Summer foot care solutions live at Feet First Clinic

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also essential to prioritize your foot health. Visit us at Feet First Clinic at 2481 Bloor St W in Toronto, or call us at (416) 769-3338 to see how we keep your feet healthy this summer.

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