Beach fabulous feet

You have the perfect swimsuit, you’re stocked up on your sunscreen and you pulled out your favorite sandals! It’s that time of year to unveil the feet after a long winter stuck inside socks and shoes-it may be a little daunting!

Whether it’s discolored toenails, dry flaky skin or those pesky little corns and calluses-your feet can suffer from being cramped up during the cooler months. To get the summer season kicked off on the right foot-here are some tips to get your feet sandal savvy:

  1. Soak you feet with warm water for at least 10 minutes. If you want to really relax-try adding some epson salt, oils or herbal soaks!
  2. Right after soaking-remove any thickened, dead skin build up around your heels, balls and sides of feet with a pumice stone or foot file. Warning-DO NOT use a razor because it can remove too much skin and cause more harm than good!
  3. Use an exfoliating scrub on the soles, side and tops of the feet to get rid of dry flay skin.
  4. Apply and massage your feet with an emollient-enriched skin lotion to hydrate the skin and increase circulation. One tip-be sure to remove any excess moisturizer from your toenails and in between your toes.
  5. Use a straight edge toenail clipper to cut your nails. Clip just above the top of each toe to make sure nails do not become curved or rounded in the corners.
  6. Before going to bed-very lightly wrap your entire foot with cellophane. This will help lock in moisture-sort of light a little sauna!
  7. Apply nail polish to only healthy toenails. It’s a good idea to remove polish on a regular basis to let the nail bed breathe.
  8. If any skin or nail conditions exist-see a foot specialist for a checkup
  9. Check your sandals and flip flips –discard any that look too worn. There are some companies that have designed flip flops for comfort and support. Several companies include: Aetrex, Spenco and Zori. Check them out!
  10. Practice good foot hygiene all year round! (daily washing with soap and water, drying feet carefully-particularly between the toes.

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