As the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors, it’s time to get your feet Summer-ready! It’s important to note that taking care of your feet all year round is an important part of a healthy lifestyle … with the added bonus that in Summer you can sport those strappy sandals, or thongs, with pride. Neglecting your feet can lead to uncomfortable conditions from dry skin and cracked heels, to fungal infections and bunions.
Luckily, it’s easy to keep your feet looking their best from season to season with just a few simple steps. Read on for our top tips to make sure your feet are healthy AND ready to go on show.
Rejuvenate your feet in a relaxing foot soak with essential oils
After a long day of standing on your feet, nothing feels quite as good as a soothing foot soak. And if you’re looking to take that foot soak experience to the next level, essential oils are a great addition. Not only can they help rejuvenate tired feet, but they also have a variety of other benefits that can help you unwind and destress. Lavender oil, for example, is known for its calming properties while peppermint oil can provide a cool and invigorating sensation. We LOVE The Salt Box range of bath soaks, available online via our friends at Foot Health Solutions.
Once your feet have been soaked and dry, they’re ready for exfoliation!
Exfoliating to help remove dead skin and improve circulation
If you struggle with rough, dry skin it might be time to incorporate exfoliation into your foot care routine. Experiencing a build-up of dead skin on the feet is common during the cooler months but there are several ways you can remove it!
After soaking your feet, use a pumice stone, loofah, buffer or foot file to scrub your feet. Exfoliating gloves with an exfoliating agent can also be used. Not only will your feet be softer and smoother, massaging the skin during exfoliation can also promote blood flow and circulation. Add an exfoliant to your weekly routine and see the difference it can make.
Treat yourself to a hydrating cream or moisturising socks
After exfoliating, massage a soothing and hydrating cream or oil into your feet. Regularly moisturising your feet is key to preventing an excessive buildup of dead skin. Moisuturisers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping and your skin from drying out. Moisturise as often as you can, especially before going to bed, and then pop on a pair of socks to lock in the moisture overnight. Our favourite pampering foot cream is Luxe 30. It’s made in Byron Bay using premium natural ingredients – urea, coconut oil, green tea and cacao. Divine!
If you want to indulge your feet without breaking the bank, you can also invest in gel or silicone socks. We LOVE Geluscious Moisturising Booties with their soft, thin layer of moisturising gel that leave the skin feeling smooth and soft. These booties can be hand-washed and reused for months and are available online at Foot Health Solutions.
Give yourself a spa-like pedicure at home
Pampering yourself should never break the bank, especially when it comes to a relaxing pedicure. With the right tools, you can easily replicate the spa experience in the comfort of your own home.
Our friends at Foot Health Solutions have put together an at-home pedicure set with the essentials you need – a Bath Soak, a Pedi Paddle for smoothing your feet, Dr.’s Remedy Restore Nail & Hydrate Kit and Luxe 30 Coconut Foot Cream.
If you really want to indulge, come into the clinic for a Deluxe Medical Pedicure. Find out more about this beautiful treatment here!
Wear open-toed sandals and shoes that are supportive and comfortable
When it comes to selecting summer shoes, it’s important to consider not only style, but also comfort and support. Open-toed sandals are a great option for warmer weather, allowing your feet to breathe and stay cool. However, it’s important to ensure that they still provide ample support for your feet, as wearing unsupportive shoes can lead to foot pain and even injuries. Wearing shoes that are ill-fitting can lead to calluses and blisters, undoing all the hard work you’ve done to achieve beautiful feet!
We stock a wide range of sandals in the clinic that are not only orthotic-friendly and specifically designed to be supportive, they also look fabulous. Come in and check out the range in our clinic anytime! By choosing comfortable and supportive footwear, you can enjoy the benefits of both fashion and practicality.
Now that you’ve explored all these ways to keep your feet healthy and pampered, it’s time to start putting them into practice. Treat yourself to the occasional pedicure, massage, or foot soak, and take care of your feet with proper scrubs and shoes. Not only will this help your feet look good, but it’ll help them feel good too.
When it comes to keeping our feet in top condition, a little effort can go a long way. So schedule some “me time” for your feet today and watch as they become healthier and stronger.
As always, if you have any concerns related to your feet or lower limbs, don’t hesitate to call our friendly team and make an appointment with one of our podiatrists. Call us on 5522 1230.