Get Your Feet Ready for Warmer Weather
Wow! We’re finally seeing some sun here in Brooklyn. After this long winter, we weren’t sure it would actually happen. Have your feet been cramped up, withering in layers of woolen socks under snow boots for the past several months? Are you worried that your toes might still need a bit of rejuvenation after their hibernation? If you’re planning a beach vacation, or just ready to strap on some sandals, it can be daunting if your feet are still in their winter not-so-wonderland. Luckily, the experts here at Bay Podiatry Associates have a few tips to get your feet prepared for a little sunnier weather.
Follow these tips for sandal-ready feet this spring and summer:
- Soak your feet. Warm water Epsom salt soaks go a long way in repairing winter 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!
- 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!
- Start moisturizing. Before bed, lather your feet with a 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!
- Trim your nails right. Cut your toenails straight across with a clean, proper toenail clipper. Rounded toenails can lead to painful ingrown toenails.
- 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.
- Get the proper footwear. If last year’s spring or summer footwear are 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.
If you need help getting your feet in tip-top shape for spring and summer, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986. Dr. Argiros Mantzoukas can help you with dry skin issues, athlete’s foot problems, fungal nails, or any other issue you might be dealing with. Bay Podiatry Associates operates three conveniently located offices in Bensonhurst, South Brooklyn, and Bath Beach that are equipped with advanced foot care technologies and a dedicated, friendly staff.