From trudging through ice, snow, and slush to being bogged down in heavy boots to fight the cold, if your feet could talk, they’d probably tell a tale of winter woe. And while you may be tempted to get out your sandals and put your heavy socks to the very back of the sock drawer, some preparation is needed to get your feet ready for the warmer weather. Today Dr. Rabinovich DPM of the Absolute Foot and Ankle Clinic is sharing his top ten tips for spring feet.
Wearing confined footwear during the winter can cause a variety of conditions, from dry skin and discolored nails to annoying corns and unattractive calluses.
Indulging your feet to prepare for warm weather can make them look and feel their very best in time for flip-flops and peep-toe shoes. And caring for your feet not only encourages good hygiene, but it can also make you aware of any problem areas that need attention before you slip into sandals.
It’s also a great way to de-stress and relax following an exhausting winter. Feet that feel good can make you feel good all over.
Here are our 10 top tips for getting your feet ready for spring!
- Submerge your feet in warm water with herbal soaks, oils, or Epsom salts for no less than 10 minutes.
- Banish the Buildup: Using a foot file or pumice stone, gently remove dead, thickened skin buildup on the heels, sides and balls of the feet.
- Exfoliate: Remove dry, flaky winter skin on the sides, tops, and soles of the feet with an exfoliating scrub.
- Hydrate: Massage a liberal amount of emollient-rich lotion all over your feet. The lotion will nourish the skin, while the massaging helps boost circulation. Remove any excess lotion between your toes as the buildup in those areas can cause Athlete’s Feet.
- Trim the Nails: Using a straight-edged toenail clipper, clip your nails just to the end of each toe to make sure nails don’t become curved or rounded in the corners, which can cause Ingrown Toenails.
- Lock It In: Seal in moisture by wearing poly-cotton blend socks during bedtime.
- Put on the Polish: Don’t use nail polish if your nails are unhealthy; if they are healthy, remove polish frequently to keep them in the best condition.
- Clean Up: Cleanse your feet each day with soap and water and dry them carefully, paying special attention to the areas between your toes.
- Footwear First: Inspect last year’s warm-weather footwear and discard any sandals or shoes with excessive wear.
- Visit the Podiatrist if any nail or skin issues exist or to address any questions.
Don’t let existing foot issues get out of control! Contact the offices of Dr. Zinoviy Rabinovich DPM of Absolute Foot and Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment.
Crest Hill 815-838-9505
Or schedule online at www.absolutefootandankleclinic.com