Are your feet ready for summer?

At this time of year, you’re probably planning some upcoming trips and getting ready for a bit of summer fun. But after months of wearing shoes, your feet may not be summer-ready and you should start thinking about them now. 👣

The condition of your feet may not seem like a big concern compared to tickets, travel, and other preparations. But taking care of some foot issues now can make your plans much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Here are some tips to get you started on the road to happier and healthier feet.

1. Soak your feet

Warm water and Epsom salt soak go a long way in repairing the damage. Scrub your heels lightly with a pumice stone after soaking for at least 10 minutes to remove built-up dead skin. Don’t over-soak though!

2. Dry them well

 Ensure after a bath or a foot soak that you dry your feet thoroughly. Fungus and bacteria love wet, dark areas like between your toes, so make sure you dry there too!

3. Start moisturizing 

Before bed, slather your feet with foot cream or moisturizer. Work the cream into the soles and heel. Avoid putting it between your toes, as it can create too much moisture in this area that fungus loves!

4. Trim your nails right 

Cut your toenails straight across with a clean, proper toenail clipper. Rounded toenails can lead to painful ingrown toenails. 

5. Check your toenails for changes 

If your toenails have become thickened or changed color at all, it’s a common sign of nail fungus. If you suspect fungal nails, you need to call your podiatrist. Over-the-counter fungal nail treatments often don’t stop the source, and the fungus returns soon after treatment.

6. Get the proper footwear

If last year’s spring or summer footwear is worn or tattered, throw them out and replace them with new ones. If you’re buying new shoes, make sure they fit correctly and don’t squeeze your toes causing bunions or slip off your heel, creating blisters.

We are here for you

We can’t stress enough how important it is to take good care of your feet, as it can directly affect your overall health and lead to more serious problems. If you are having any issues related to your feet and ankles, speak with your primary care physician about a referral to see a podiatrist.

If you have concerns about your legs or feet, please call (561) 622-6111 and make an appointment to come see Dr. Ariel Lepoff at The Medical Group of South Florida. Dr. Lepoff will do an examination and evaluate the overall condition of your legs and feet. Then together with you, determine the best course of treatment to bring about proper healing. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

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