Caring for your feet after all the summer fun in the sun

Step into fall with some foot care. After a summer of sun, flip-flops and tan lines, your feet could use a little R&R – Rejuvenation and Revitalization. The first day of fall 2018, is Saturday, September 22. It’s time to put the sandals and flip-flops away and get prepared for boot and hot cider season. We sat down with our resident podiatrist, Dr. Nick Romansky of Healthmark Foot and Ankle, for tips for after-summer foot care.

1- Take Off The Polish – While most of us believe our toes look better polished in our sandals, this is a time of year to take the polish off. Keeping polish on the nails does not allow them to breathe. It can cause bacterial infection, nail discoloration, and potential damage that is deep and superficial. Fall is a good time to keep the polish off and allow the nails to breathe and strengthen again.

2- Relieve Cracked Heels – Going barefoot or open back sandals or shoes day after day can easily cause cracked heels. Dry, open fissured skin is usually the culprit. Putting socks back on can tremendously help, as can using an exfoliator such as Lexli’s AloeGlyC, or a natural coconut oil to nourish out the dryness. Most important return to close backed shoes to cup the heel and protect the skin.

3- Yoga For Your Feet – It is a good time to get back to a daily routine of stretching out the feet and toes. This can help prevent problems associated with plantar fasciitis or even curling and cramping of the feet. We often forget to take time to spread and stretch the toes, which can lead to loss of mobility. Do some simple stretches such as these for happy feet:

  • Interlace your fingers between your toes. This spreads the toes wide and helps mobility. Then try without your fingers by attempting to spread your toes.
  • Roll a tennis ball under foot. This massages the pressure points of the foot.
  • Point and flex your toes. If you have trouble, use your hands to help.

4- Cut Down on Blisters – Fall typically means new shoes or boots. To prevent blisters, buy shoes that don’t need to be “broken in”. Find shoes that are comfortable when you try them on. New shoes should have a minimal break-in period. Look for soft leathers or fabrics and test drive them indoors for a couple of days to make sure they are comfortable. Also, try them on with the socks you will be wearing. It is a good idea to wear cotton and acrylic blend socks for absorption and moisture wicking.