Summer Foot Care Advice

Our Summer Foot Care Advice For You

Most of us love to paint our toe nails and slip into our sandals come the warmer weather.

This is the time of year our feet suffer the most from excess dry skin or callus, nail damage, muscle damage.

There is even the possibility of fungal nail infections and verrucas.

This simple summer foot care advice, so easy to follow, will help you maintain your feet in good health.

Wearing nail polish can weaken the nails if it is left on for long periods.

Always remove it regularly and allow your nails some time to recover without any polish.

Nails are just hardened skin and need to be able to breathe. Don’t be tempted to put layer on layer of polish on or you will find when you finally remove it, your nails can be discoloured and weakened. This really is good summer foot care advice.

If you see suspicious marks on your nails, yellow or creamy coloured and find you nails thickening or crumbly to cut you may have a fungal infection. Best to seek expert advice as the nails can also be a window to your general health. All sorts of underlying conditions can be detected from the nails by a trained eye.

If, for any reason you are unable to use a medical treatment for a fungal infection (I personally recommend Phytex paint which can be used for fungal nail and athlete’s foot and costs around £5 per bottle), a natural alternative which may help is Tea Tree Oil. The most important considerations when treating fungal nail infections are to continue treatment until the nail is completely clear, also remember to thoroughly clean footwear to prevent the spores from re-infecting. More sensible summer foot care advice!

During the summer wear a supportive type of sandal, by this I mean something that at least gives your arch muscles a little help. A completely flat pump or sandal will put enormous strain on your arch muscles and can lead to long term damage.

More manufacturers are at last giving this consideration to this problem. You can now find a much better selection of fashionable styles than used to be available that will help with arch support.

If you ever feel any prolonged pain in your arches do seek professional advice as physiotherapy exercises can sometimes save you muscles from giving in long term.

Always keep your nails tidily trimmed and gently file away any areas of hard skin that form and use a good foot care cream several times a week to prevent build up of areas of callus that can form far quicker in the summer months. Try not to walk around with bare feet as this puts you at risk of infection or cuts.

People often assume that they couldn’t possible have an infection or fungus as they don’t go swimming, but think - especially if you have a pet - they dig in the earth and then come indoors without wiping their feet!

Remember, love your feet and take care of them as they carry you many, many miles throughout your life! Just follow this summer foot care advice.

This page was kindly contributed by Judy Suter, BSc ( FPS. Pract.

Her web site can be found at

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