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Don’t hot-foot it into Summer!

Well summer is upon us again and in the event that it’s a long, hot one, here are a few suggestions on how to keep your feet in tip top condition.

Did you know that there are more sweat glands per square inch on your feet than anywhere else on the body (250,000 to be exact) and the average pair of feet give off about half a pint of perspiration per day?

Summer is usually a time when we get out and about in the fresh air.  The longer days, playing games in the park or going on long walks can take a heavy toll on your feet, so at the end of the day, just sit with your feet up for 10 minutes. It gives them a rest and helps circulation. If you want to refresh your feet, massage them gently with a foot roller, or better yet, ask your partner to give them a massage. Try a few calf stretches; circle your feet ten times in each direction while keeping your leg as still as possible then straighten your toes and wriggle them around; these simple exercises will help to keep feet supple and maintain a good range of movement.

Wearing flip-flops or sandals means your feet will get dirtier quicker; keeping your feet clean and free from infection will help prevent potential foot problems. Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. If your toenails are long, cut them after a bath when they are softer. If you struggle to cut your own toenails, or can’t reach or see to be able to do them properly, you should seek professional treatment.

Never burst any blisters, they should be left to dry out on their own. If they do burst, apply a clean dry dressing and keep an eye on it. Dress any minor cuts or abrasions too to keep them clean.   

You should seek professional treatment as soon as possible if you have a blister, cut or abrasion that isn’t healing quickly, especially if there is redness or swelling around the area, or where you have been previously warned to seek immediate attention.  If you have diabetes or poor circulation it is very important that if you have any blisters, cuts or abrasions on your feet, that you seek professional help from your podiatrist, or GP if you don’t have a podiatrist, as soon as possible to help prevent more problems developing.

Next time we’ll look at other foot problems that can be exacerbated in hot weather and what you can do to help prevent them. Enjoy the sunshine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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