Have Beautiful Bare Feet all Summer Long with Our Tips!
It’s time for all of our little toes to shine! Summertime is when every girl busts out her sandals and proudly shows off her newly pedicured toes. But how do we keep our pretty feet looking healthy and sun-kissed? We have a few tips from Manhattan Podiatrist of NYC Foot Care, Dr. Oliver Zong, to make sure you have the most beautiful feet at the beach!
Suggestions for Taking Care of Toes this Summer:
Don't go barefoot in the park -- or anywhere else, for that matter. If enclosed shoes are uncomfortable, try flip flops.
Apply sunscreen to your feet (especially the tops and in between toes) 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
If you've been out walking or hiking, end the day by massaging your feet, soaking them in lukewarm water and keeping them elevated for 10 minutes to ease the stress on your circulatory system. If you really want to spoil yourself, apply some vitamin E cream that's been stored in the refrigerator.
Even though your feet are on display during the summer months, don't use nail polish every day and definitely don't use it on discolored nails -- this could indicate the presence of an infection. (Shop nail treatment)
Keep Your Feet Fungus Free:
Keep your feet dry and clean. Apply a topical antifungal medication on any cracking or peeling of the skin.
Wear socks that are made of an acrylic fiber, not cotton (acrylic wicks moisture away from the feet), and change your socks at least once a day.
Cover your feet with antiperspirant. The active ingredient, aluminum hydroxide, keeps your feet from sweating.
Don't wear the same shoes every day. Shoes need about 24 hours to completely dry out from the last time they were worn.
Pass up sharing towels to avoid developing athlete's foot and other diseases that can easily be spread.
How To Take Special Care of Your Feet:
Baby your feet - soaking and massaging your feet in the summertime will also help to keep them happy.
If you can afford to splurge, a pedicure by a reputable specialist is a treat for your feet.
Massage sandals will help rejuvenate your feet and legs, and help you step out in comfort this summer and beyond.
Take special care of toenails, which are especially vulnerable around damp areas. Injury to the nail bed may make it more susceptible to infection so see your podiatrist at first sign of discoloration or infection.
When in the ocean, be cautious of jellyfish that often bite at feet and ankles and sharp coral that can cut the undersides of feet. Keeping sandals or water shoes on at all times is a good idea to prevent stings, cuts and other injuries.
Even if your sandals are adorable, they aren’t worth it if they’re giving you blisters! Make sure you wear appropriate shoes for the occasion, and ones that fit – even if you think you have big feet, it’s not worth it to try and squeeze them into a shoe that is smaller than what they need. If you do get a blister from those trendy sandals, be sure not to pop it! The blister and the fluid inside act as natural, sterile dressings for the wound. Apply a protective strip (Band-Aid) to protect the wound.
That’s all! If you follow these tips, your feet will be beautiful all summer long.