As we welcome warmer weather and more time spent in sandals and with bare feet, we also welcome a slew of new potential foot problems that come with it.
Let’s explore some common summer foot ailments and how you can help manage them at home
The absolute best way to ensure you don’t have blisters is to ensure that your shoes fit you properly.
They should be the right size, width and style to accommodate your particular foot. I have seen many shoes I loved but just knew I had to pass up because they would hurt my feet! Have your feet professionally measured and evaluated by a foot scanner.
Be sure to select a style that can accommodate any special issues your feet may have, such as bunions, flat feet or high arches.
If you plan to wear your shoes out an about for extended periods of time, it’s best to try wearing them at home first for a few shorter stints to make sure there aren’t any issues with irritation.
This can help to “break them in” without leaving you stuck wearing the shoes all day.
There are several brands out there that make a blister prevention stick.
Simply rub this stick on (like a deodorant) in areas that are likely to experience friction.
Typically this includes the heel and/or the forefoot where straps may rub.
These products help to keep the skin lubricated so the straps don’t tear away at the skin.
There are also a variety of patches/strips you can add to your shoes to help improve padding.
The pads can help to alleviate the harsh pressure of a shoe that may be rubbing by preventing it from rubbing directly on the skin.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes red, dry, flaking skin, sometimes accompanied by pain or itching.
The condition usually occurs between the toes or on the soles or sides of the feet.
In its acute stage, the infected foot exhibits blisters that itch or “weep”. Athlete’s Foot can spread to the toenails, causing chronic fungal infections.
Often when a patient thinks the feet are only dry and cracking, Athlete’s Foot is responsible for the problem.
Fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot are often contracted in showers, gyms, dressing rooms, swimming pool lockers, or other warm, damp areas where fungus can thrive.
The name of the condition comes from the fact that athletes spend the most time in these environments and therefore are at a higher risk of fungal infection.
Once fungal spores are present on the feet, they can enter fissures or sores and remain there to spread, unless the feet are carefully washed and thoroughly dried after exposure.
Athlete’s Foot can spread from the toes to the toenails.
If the patient touches or scratches the infection and then touches other parts of the body, the fungus can spread to fingernails or other parts of the body, including the groin or underarms.
Like any foot condition, Athlete’s Foot is of special concern to people with diabetes and compromised immune systems who are more susceptible to developing infections that can lead to serious medical problems.
Vigilant foot hygiene can prevent Athlete’s Foot.
Daily washing of the feet with soap and water followed by thorough drying, especially between the toes, is important.
Wearing dry, airy shoes and socks, not borrowing footwear from others, avoiding tight hosiery and using foot powder all help to keep the feet dry and infection-free.
When using public showers or pool areas it is a good idea to wear protective shoes.
Traditional treatment plans include prescription antifungal medications, either topical or oral, and continued attention to keeping the feet clean and dry.
However, there is a natural remedy that can also be just as, if not more, effective.
Tired, Achy Feet
Epsom Salt Soak – A combination of magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt is a compound that can help flush toxins and heavy metals from your skin’s cells, reduce inflammation, increase circulation and ease muscle cramps and joint pain.
As your feet absorb the magnesium, pain-reducing ions are released, relaxing your muscles and nerves and helping them function properly by regulating your electrolyte levels.
The sulfate targets any harmful substances that need to be eliminated from your body.
Epsom salt can also quell foot odor, help heal fungus or ingrown nails, and soothe dry skin. You can find this healing salt at most drug stores and pharmacies.
I’m certainly not a medical professional, but I am very savvy when it comes to using natural remedies for minor “injuries” such as this.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite simple tips for soothing minor burns on the bottom of your feet.
- Aloe vera: Just as you use aloe for sunburn on your body, you can use aloe on the bottom of your feet if they are burned. I find aloe to be even more soothing when it’s stored in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cold.
- Lavender oil: Prepare a large bowl with cool water and about 5 drops of lavender oil to soak your feet in. Lavender can be very soothing for minor burns, and also helps to alleviate pain and heal naturally.
Tea tree oil: If you don’t enjoy the scent of lavender oil, or don’t happen to have it on hand, you can prepare a foot soak tub, just as described above, but use tea tree oil rather than lavender oil.
- Stay off your feet as much as possible: This sounds like common sense, but a lot of people forget that when you have an injury, even a minor one, it is important to be sure that you give the body adequate time to heal. The more you walk on your feet when they are burned, the longer they will take to heal. So relax, and put your feet up – literally!
Wear footwear with adequate cushioning: Rather than harsh flip flops or sandals, try to wear sneakers or sandals that have a soft, cushioned insole. In fact, if you can wear orthotics for additional cushioning in your sneakers, that’s even better. Lynco makes customizable orthotics that allow you to remove pods in particular areas of pressure.
- This can be especially useful if you have blisters in particular areas of your feet that need more room to “breathe.”
- Don’t slather your feet in thick salves or ointments that don’t allow feet to breathe. This can prevent the burns from healing.
If you’re like me and love being outside and enjoying all that summer has to offer, the occasional burnt foot is well worth it.
Using these tips can help you heal faster so you can get back out there for more outdoor fun as soon as possible.
Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cracks in your nail or cuts in your skin.
It can make your toenail change color or get thicker.
It can also hurt.
Because toes are often warm and damp, fungus grows well there.
Different kinds of fungi and sometimes yeast affect different parts of the nail.
Left untreated, an infection could spread to other toenails, skin, or even your fingernails.
Infected nails are usually thicker than normal and could be warped or oddly shaped.
They can break easily. Nails with fungus might look yellow.
Sometimes a white dot shows up on the nail and then gets bigger.
When fungus builds up under your nail, it can loosen and even separate the nail from the bed.
The fungus can also spread to the skin around your nail.
Since toenail fungus can look like other conditions, including psoriasis, you’ll want to have your toenail checked by a doctor.
You may need to see a podiatrist, a doctor who cares for feet or a dermatologist.
The way you treat toenail fungus depends on which fungus you have and how bad the infection is. Your doctor may try one thing or a combination:
A topical cream that goes directly on the nail
A topical nail lacquer
An antifungal prescription pill
Removing the damaged area of the nail or skin
In some cases, you might need to have the nail removed completely with surgery.
Use soap and water to wash your feet, and dry well, including between toes.
Trim your toenails — straight across — to keep them shorter than the end of your toe.
Make sure the tools you use are clean, too. Wash clippers and files with soap and water, then wipe with rubbing alcohol.
You might be tempted to cover up discolored nails with polish, but don’t. Your nail bed can’t “breathe,” which keeps fungus from going away
Be smart about your footwear.
Choose socks that wick moisture away.
Change them regularly. Make sure your shoes fit well.
They should be made of something that lets air move through it, like canvas, mesh, or leather.
Wear shower shoes in wet public places like locker rooms and swimming pools.
Yours in Good Health,
Trina Kincey ~ Integrative Health Coach ~ Owner of Get Real Wellness, LLC
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