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Summer Foot Care Essentials

Posted by Billy Kanter, CPED on Jul 3, 2024 12:00:00 PM
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Summer is a season of freedom, adventure, and relaxation. It's the time when we trade in our boots and sneakers for sandals and flip-flops, exposing our feet to the sun, sand, and sea. However, the warm weather can also bring a unique set of challenges for our feet. From increased sweat and moisture to the rough surfaces of beaches and poolside areas, our feet require special attention to stay healthy and comfortable. Here are some essential tips for taking care of your feet during the summer months.Blog Banner Image (5)

1. Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry

The combination of heat and moisture can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, leading to conditions such as athlete's foot and fungal nail infections. To prevent these issues:

  • Wash your feet daily: Use a mild soap and warm water to clean your feet thoroughly. Pay special attention to the spaces between your toes, as this is where moisture tends to accumulate.
  • Dry your feet completely: After washing, make sure to dry your feet completely, especially between the toes. Damp areas are perfect environments for fungal infections to develop.
  • Change socks regularly: If you’re wearing closed-toe shoes, change your socks at least once a day. Opt for moisture-wicking socks made from materials like cotton or merino wool.

2. Exfoliate and Moisturize

During the summer, your feet can become dry and cracked due to exposure to the elements and increased activity. Regular exfoliation and moisturizing can help keep your feet soft and smooth.

  • Exfoliate: Use a pumice stone or foot scrub to remove dead skin cells from your feet, focusing on areas that are prone to calluses, such as the heels and balls of the feet. Exfoliate once or twice a week.
  • Moisturize: Apply a rich foot cream or moisturizer daily. Look for products containing ingredients like urea, glycerin, or shea butter, which are known for their hydrating properties. For an intensive treatment, apply moisturizer at night and wear cotton socks to lock in the moisture.

3. Choose the Right Footwear

Summer footwear can be both stylish and supportive. Selecting the right shoes is crucial for maintaining foot health and preventing injuries.

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  • Opt for breathable materials: Choose shoes made from natural, breathable materials such as leather or canvas to help keep your feet cool and dry.
  • Ensure proper fit: Ill-fitting shoes can cause blisters, calluses, and other foot problems. Make sure your shoes fit well, with enough room for your toes to move freely.
  • Supportive sandals: While flip-flops are convenient, they offer little support and can lead to foot pain. Instead, choose sandals with good arch support and cushioned soles. Look for brands that specialize in ergonomic designs.

4. Protect Your Feet from the Sun

It's easy to forget about protecting your feet from the sun, but they are just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of your body.

  • Apply sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on the tops and sides of your feet. Reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear water shoes: When walking on hot sand or pavement, wear water shoes or sandals to protect your feet from burns and cuts.

5. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key to overall health, and it’s particularly important for maintaining healthy skin, including the skin on your feet.

  • Drink plenty of water: Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated helps to prevent dry, cracked skin and supports overall foot health.

6. Address Foot Problems Promptly

Ignoring minor foot issues can lead to more serious problems down the line. Pay attention to any changes in your feet and address them promptly.

  • Blisters: If you develop a blister, resist the urge to pop it. Instead, cover it with a bandage and allow it to heal naturally. If the blister is particularly large or painful, you may need to drain it carefully with a sterilized needle.
  • Cracked heels: If you notice cracks in your heels, use a foot cream specifically designed for this issue. Consistent moisturizing and exfoliation can help to heal and prevent cracks.
  • Fungal infections: If you suspect you have a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot, treat it with an over-the-counter antifungal cream. If the condition persists, consult a healthcare professional.

7. Pamper Your Feet

Summer is a great time to give your feet a little extra pampering. Regularly treating your feet to some TLC can help keep them healthy and happy.foot soak

  • Foot soaks: Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts or essential oils to soothe and relax them. This can also help to soften the skin, making it easier to exfoliate.
  • Foot massages: A gentle foot massage can help to relieve tension and improve circulation. Use a foot roller or a tennis ball to massage the soles of your feet.

8. Exercise Your Feet

Keeping your feet strong and flexible can help prevent injuries and improve overall foot health.

  • Foot exercises: Simple exercises, such as picking up marbles with your toes or rolling a ball under your foot, can help to strengthen the muscles in your feet.
  • Stretching: Stretching your feet and calves regularly can improve flexibility and prevent conditions like plantar fasciitis.


Taking care of your feet is essential, especially during the summer when they are more exposed to the elements. By following these tips, you can keep your feet healthy, comfortable, and looking their best all season long. Remember, happy feet are the foundation of a happy summer, so give them the attention they deserve!

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