Footcare maintenance

Keeping Feet Healthy While The Sun Shines

In Wellness by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

There are many ways to keep your feet looking, feeling and smelling great during the summer. Some solutions you might have heard of, while others you may have not, but the only way to know if any of them are going to help you is to give them a try. Here are a few suggestions to start with.

Exfoliating

Woman exfoliating her feet

Woman exfoliating her feet

One footcare basic that too many people overlook is exfoliation. Basically, exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. It is an important method of maintenance for the whole body, but is especially important for the feet. Dead skin has a habit of forming in thick layers on toes and heels, and the best way to reduce these thick, tough patches is with regular exposure to an abrasive exfoliating substance. Pumice stones work great and are one of the most direct ways to remove dead skin. Many soaps and lotions include exfoliating materials in their formula, making them a perfect treatment.

Sweat reduction

Foot maintenance doesn’t end in exfoliation. Often, it is just about finding new ways to reduce sweating. There are many options, including finding properly supportive open-toed shoes or sandals that allow your toes to breathe or using an appropriate food deodorant. Extra-absorbent socks are available, in order to wick away extra sweat, and making sure your socks are replaced regularly is another must. Many times, it is just as simple as paying a bit of extra attention to your feet while in the shower, which can help with excess sweat, smell, and infection.

Foot conditions

Sometimes more serious conditions can affect your feet, making basic care inadequate as effective treatment. The most common problem is foot fungus in the nails or skin. Athlete’s foot is one of the more serious variations, including symptoms such as peeling, itching, redness, and even blisters or sores. For athlete’s foot or other fungal conditions there are a number of prescription and non-prescription treatments that work great. Special lotions or creams can be applied to the foot for relief and to find the one that works best for you it might be necessary to consult your Chiropodist.

Laser treatment

If your Chiropodist recommends it, serious fungal nail conditions can be treated with fungal laser treatment. This involves removing the infected areas with a laser while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue. These treatments are more common than one might think and they are completely painless. When focusing on the nail area, the laser passes through the nail and targets only the fungus, offering direct relief. It is important to bear in mind that the treatment does not work instantly and requires time for the fungus to dissipate.

There are many treatments for the wide variety of foot ailments, but consulting an experienced Chiropodist can lead you to the options that will be most effective for you.