Summer is here and it is time to bring out the open-toed shoes and let your feet feel the breeze. Beach trips, camping trips, and outdoor sports are all popular during this season. As we get lost in the summer fun, we sometimes forget about the importance of self-care for our feet. Before you run free for the summer, read these tips to make sure you are giving your feet the attention they deserve, before you end up in your podiatrist's office.
Slather on the Lotion
Lotion is a great tool to use when combatting dry skin. When you let your feet out into the open you are exposing them to the harsh dry summer heat and the bright sun rays. Feet can dry out easily in these circumstances. Feet that get too dry can suffer from painful cracked heels.
Don’t Feel the Burn
Believe it or not, your feet can get a sunburn too. They are especially at risk when you wear open-toe shoes in the nicer weather. Sometimes these burns leave behind sandal strap marks and blisters. In order to avoid this pain and the chance of contracting melanoma of the skin of the foot, you should always apply sunblock to your feet and the rest of your body before going outdoors. Look for an SPF of at least 30 and remember to reapply the sunscreen regularly.
Now that your feet are smooth, soft and protected, it is time to let the fun begin. Grab your favorite nail polish and paint your toenails to finalize your sandal-ready look. If you tend to have nails that yellow after nail polish is applied, stick to colors that do not have orange as a base. This is because these colors (reds, pinks, oranges) have a chemical compound within them that can turn the toenail yellow. Instead, try blues or purples to compliment your look.
Summer is a great time to let your feet feel the breeze and beautiful weather. Unfortunately, even the healthiest feet can suffer an injury or severe sunburn. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help your feet get on the mend. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.