With warmer months on the way, we eagerly anticipate sun-kissed days, outdoor adventures, and the freedom to let our feet breathe in sandals or strut confidently in high heels. But as our feet become more exposed, ensuring they’re both visually appealing and in optimal health becomes essential. After all, our feet bear the weight of our daily activities and deserve the same care and attention we give to other parts of our body.

You might be asking yourself, how do I get my feet ready for summer? In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide you with expert tips and insights on how to pamper and protect your feet, enabling you to fully embrace and enjoy the summer season.

If you’d like to book an appointment, contact us via telephone 01235 798313 or email info@thehartlandclinic.co.uk.

1. Use Suncream

Shielding your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial, particularly for exposed areas like your feet. Whether you’re donning open footwear or enjoying the freedom of going barefoot, generously apply sunscreen to all parts of your feet regularly to ward off sun damage.

2. Moisturise Cracked Heels

The lack of support in sandals and similar shoes can strain your feet, leading to Cracked Heels. Combat this by moisturising your feet regularly, particularly if you’re wearing open, unsupportive footwear, to keep your heels smooth and healthy.

3. Trim Toenails Straight Across

Achieve healthy and beautiful nails while preventing Ingrowing Toenails with proper nail care practices.

  • When using scissors, cut your nails straight across, avoiding cutting down the sides to prevent nail spikes and ingrown nails.
  • If using toenail clippers, ensure they have a straight edge to prevent cutting curves into the nail and clip straight across. 
  • Occasionally give your nails a break from polish to promote overall nail health.

4. Prevent Athlete’s Foot

During the summer, feet are more susceptible to Athlete’s Foot, especially when wearing open footwear like sandals. Exposing your feet to the sun in sandals can dry out the skin, stripping it of its protective oils. This, coupled with the stress sandals exert on your feet, increases the risk of developing athlete’s foot. This condition can also spread to your toenails, resulting in Fungal Nail Infections.

To maintain healthy feet, make it a habit to keep them clean, dry, and well-maintained. Regularly inspect your feet for any signs of damage or infection to ensure they remain healthy and comfortable.

If you notice any symptoms of Athlete’s Foot or Fungal Nail Infection, don’t hesitate to seek treatment at The Hartland Podiatry Clinic. Early intervention can prevent the condition from worsening and ensure prompt recovery.

5. Prevent Blisters

As seasons change, footwear choices evolve, often leading to painful blisters. To prevent them, ensure proper shoe fit by shopping in the afternoon when feet are larger. Opt for comfortable, flexible leather shoes, especially in sandals, with wider straps and adjustable fastenings. Choose well-fitting socks, preferably sports socks or doubled-up light pairs, to reduce friction. Keep feet dry and opt for breathable footwear, particularly in warm weather. Use cushioning patches to protect vulnerable areas if stuck with uncomfortable shoes.

6. Ease Into Sports & Activites

Embrace the warmer weather with outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, or cycling. However, these activities can strain your feet, especially if you’ve been inactive during the winter and spring months. To minimise the risk of conditions like Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) and Knee Pain, ease into sports and activities gradually. Start with shorter sessions and gradually increase intensity and duration over several weeks. This gradual approach allows your feet to adapt to the new strains and reduces the likelihood of injury.

Get Your Feet Summer-Ready with The Hartland Podiatry Clinic

With these six simple steps, you’re well on your way to enjoying summer with happy, healthy feet. At The Hartland Podiatry Clinic, we’re here to help you achieve and maintain summer-ready feet all season long. Don’t let foot concerns hold you back from enjoying your favourite summer activities. Schedule an appointment with us today and step into summer with confidence and comfort!

If you’re still wondering how to get your feet ready for summer or would like to book an appointment, contact us via telephone 01235 798313 or email info@thehartlandclinic.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook!