Sandals, flip-flops, or barefoot – summertime means that your feet are in the sun and in full view. With all the summer fun you’re having, you want your feet to be in great shape and looking good. Here are are three easy ways to get and keep your feet soft, beautiful, and healthy this summer.
Calluses are compressed dead skin cells that develop on the bottom of the feet due to irritation and the pressure caused by the thousands of steps we take every day. Calluses are usually not harmful, but may sometimes lead to other issues such as infection or skin ulceration, and they are certainly not attractive when you’re kicking your feet up at the beach.
If calluses are not infected and are relatively minor, you can remove them yourself. Soak your feet in warm water with a handful of Epsom salts for about 10-15 minutes to soften the skin. Once the dead skin has softened, use a wet pumice stone or callus file in a vigorous circular motion to gently rub off the top layers of skin. Rinse your feet often by dipping them back into the warm water, and rinse the pumice stone regularly as well. Dry your feet thoroughly when you’re done, repeat the process daily until all of the dry and dead skin is gone, and apply moisturizing lotion.
If, however, your calluses are extremely swollen and painful, you should make an appointment with an experienced podiatrist who can remove them for you and help you avoid potential complications.
Treat toenail fungus
Walking barefoot on the beach, around the pool, and in the restrooms and locker rooms nearby is almost unavoidable during summer. It’s also almost unavoidable that doing will expose your feet to the bacteria and fungus which breed in such moist, dirty, and heavily-trafficked areas. This includes toenail fungus, which may cause your nails to become discolored, thick, brittle, and separated from the nail bed.
Soaking your foot in a solution of lukewarm water and salt can relieve pain, but treatment of the problem involves either topical or oral anti-fungal medications. Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams can help, but often are not as effective as prescription anti-fungal drugs your podiatrist can provide. Prescription treatments such as terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox) can help replace infected nails with new nails which grow free of infection. While effective, these treatments may take four months or longer to fully eliminate an infection.
Bunion removal and surgery
A bunion develops in a crooked joint that sticks out at the base of the big toe. The problem can arise from heredity, congenital deformities, or injury, and when that crooked joint is confined to a shoe, painful bunions are often a result. Changing into loose and open summer footwear and pain relievers can help ease the pain and discomfort, but bunion removal and surgery may be required to fully address the problem.
JAWS Podiatry: Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists
No matter what the season, you want to keep your feet comfortable, healthy, and attractive. The experienced and skilled podiatrists at JAWS Podiatry in Hollywood, Florida can help. We offer the highest degree of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.