It’s finally starting to feel like an Australian summer!
Whether you enjoy the heat or not, it is inevitable that your feet may experience a few changes during this time of year.
Summer usually means that we spend less time in shoes, we sweat more, and we often have dry skin.
To help you keep those feet healthy, we’ve put together some top tips for summer time footcare!
How to look after your feet in the summer
Foot moisturisation is important throughout the entire year regardless of the weather.
However, in summer, it is even more important.
We all know that heat tends to dry things out and this goes for our skin as well. Heat will take away some of the moisture within your skin and cause it to weaken and become flakey, or even break down.
When it comes to your feet, this can mean a few different problems may start affecting your feet.
Two common occurrences in the summer time are:
- Callus that you may already have on your feet may increase in size or become dry.
- The skin on your heels may begin to thin and crack, often causing significant pain when you are walking.
So, to help avoid this from happening, you need to moisturise.
But what can you use as a moisturiser?
We have a range of creams that we use at the clinic and we also regularly recommend using cream with a high urea percentage.
Urea is used to treat a range of conditions associated with dry or rough skin, so using products that are high in this will give your skin the moisture it needs.
In addition to moisturising, you can also use a pumice stone to remove dry or flaking skin before applying your cream.
For best results, book an appointment with us today so that we can provide a thorough assessment on your skin needs and guide you in the right direction!
Make sure to apply sunscreen to your feet!
You’d be hard-pressed to find an Australian who hasn’t had the ‘Slip Slop Slap’ slogan drilled into them at primary school.
This slogan is something we live by and it’s for good reason! Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world and it is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
It’s an absolute no brainer that sunscreen application is crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and to avoid sunburn.
Almost everyone has experienced a nasty burn in their lifetime and has hopefully learnt from it and now applies sunscreen daily, even in winter.
While many of us use sunscreen regularly, there is one part of the body that is constantly missed when applying sunscreen – the feet.
The skin on top of your feet is very thin and vulnerable, particularly when wearing open shoes or going barefoot in summer.
Sunburn on the feet can be extremely painful and result in discomfort when wearing shoes, as well as increasing your risk of developing melanoma.
Make sure that when applying sunscreen, you literally go from top to bottom, making sure to pay attention to your feet if they are going to be exposed!
Wear appropriate footwear
Most people prefer to let their feet breathe on a hot summer’s day and rightly so.
However, spending a longer period of time out of shoes when they have become accustomed to them may result in fatigue and pain in the feet.
On days where you are still walking a fair bit, it is important that you do stay in your comfy, supportive footwear to avoid pain in your feet.
This is particularly important if you have orthotics or any other footwear modifications to assist with your foot posture or treat an injury.
It is unreasonable to expect that you will spend all of your time in shoes, however making good choices about the shoes that you choose to wear will allow you to have a foot pain free summer!
If you are after an alternative to your traditional unsupportive thongs, come in and check out our range of Archies thongs! You can learn more about Archies and how they benefit your feet here.
If you’d like to chat about the types of shoes that are most appropriate for you and your foot type, make an appointment with us today!
Don’t walk barefoot on hot ground
Let’s be honest, we’ve all done this at some point in our lives.
We have a short walk and can’t be bothered putting shoes on, or don’t have shoes with us.
This can be on the hot bitumen or on hot sand.
Either way, it is super important to try to avoid this!
The skin on the bottom of our feet is very sensitive – there are thousands and thousands of nerve endings on the soles of our feet alone!
Similarly to sunburn, walking barefoot on hard surfaces can leave you in a fair amount of pain and discomfort.
It is crucial that we try to protect our feet as much as possible and avoid any unnecessary injuries!
Proper foot hygiene around the pool
Spending more time at the pool is very popular during summer, whether it’s at the local leisure centre or your mate’s backyard pool.
Unfortunately, pool decks and communal change rooms are breeding grounds for some pretty nasty stuff including warts, tinea and fungal nails.
So how can you avoid these nastys? Practicing good foot hygiene should be a top priority! This includes:
- Wearing thongs or sandals around the pool deck and in communal change areas where the floor is wet.
- Drying your feet properly, particularly in between your toes.
- Spraying tea tree oil onto your feet as this is a natural antifungal agent.
Look after your feet this summer (and all the time) with Watsonia Podiatry
So what’s the moral of the story? Looking after your feet all year round is extremely important, but there are a few things that you can do during the summer time to make sure that they’re good to go for the rest of the year!
If you need advice on your foot wear and how to take care of your feet, or you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet or lower limbs book an appointment to see us here at our podiatry clinic in Watsonia. Book online here or call us on 03 9432 2689.