No matter how much you may love your boots and shoes, exposing your feet to the warm sunlight is always pleasant. However, this also means that you need to take very good care of them so as not to damage your overall image. You can make your feet look really good with a professional pedicure, but maintaining this look and keeping this part of your body healthy at the same time won’t be easy.
We’ll try to help you with this quest by offering the foot care tips we’ve developed from experience:
- Choose your footwear carefully.
This is important as the type of summer shoes you wear affects your health in general. Did you know that some kinds of footwear increase the risk of certain health conditions? For example, flip-flops can lead to flat feet, and high heels cause hammertoes. Wearing sneakers in the summer heat can result in blistering or developing an athlete’s foot.
We suggest you “listen” to your feet and wear only the type of shoes you feel most comfortable in. It’s best to have a few different kinds so that your foot doesn’t get stuck in one position. Avoid closed footwear that doesn’t allow your skin to “breathe”.
Always buy shoes with adjustable straps, as your feet are sure to swell during the day.
- Change your socks every day.
If you are into sports, you must wear cotton socks during the summer, and it’s imperative that you change them at least once a day. The amount of bacteria that accumulates on this particular piece of clothing is huge, and you could develop a nasty fungal infection if you don’t take your hygiene really seriously.
- Walk barefoot around the house.
Exposing your feet to the air will allow you to keep the skin healthy and smooth. Walking around barefoot is a great exercise for circulation, but you shouldn’t do this too often, as there is a risk of catching an infection or injuring your feet. However, it should be perfectly safe to do so within your house.
- Moisturize every day.
Use a special kind of foot moisturizing cream every day, or even more often if you go to the beach. This product will protect the tender skin and reduce the risk of calluses.
- Do pedicure on a regular basis.
Pedicure is as important as manicure during this season. If you can’t afford to go to a salon often, you can perform this procedure at home as long as you have all the necessary tools. Be sure to buy a special file for calluses and use a scrub at least once a week. You also need to trim your nails straight and file only the corners. It’s easy to damage the soft skin around your toenails, and this often leads to an infection, so you need to be very careful and only use specialized tools.
Do some exercises.
A few simple exercises a day will strengthen your feet and improve circulation.
- Take a small towel and place it on the floor. Stand next to it barefoot with your toes on the towel. Scrunch your toes to grip the towel and pull it towards you. Release and repeat the sequence for 3-4 times.
- Take a golf or tennis ball and roll it between your feet for several minutes. This exercise will relieve the tension in your muscles and is exceptionally good for sore, tired feet. You can perform it while watching a movie.
It takes some time and a certain amount of special care to prepare your feet for summer. Using the aforementioned tips will ensure that this part of your body remains beautiful and healthy during the season, so you can display it proudly.