By Jackie Sutera and Jane Anderson
Jackie is a Podiatrist in New York City and Jane is a Podiatrist in Chapel Hill, NC
Keep your feet dry
For many people, sweaty feet come with hot temperatures. Foot moisture can increase the risk of picking up an infection. You should look at socks that are designed specifically to keep your feet dry by wicking away excess moisture. Never wear damp socks for long periods of time.
Use caution when barefoot
Going long periods wearing only flip flops can cause stress factures, heel pain and tendonitis, and can exacerbate hammertoes. Use flip flops sparingly as they are not designed to be worn for long periods on your feet.
Treat dry cracked heels
Wearing opened back shoes can spread the pad of your heel causing the skin to crack. You should treat dry heel with an exfoliating moisturizer and use pumice stone rubbing in only one direction once or twice a week while in the shower.
Reduce chances of blistering
A new pair of sandals will often cause some blistering. This happens when the shoe fabric rubs against your skin. To help avoid blisters, buy shoes that are comfortable and do not need to be “broken in.” Look for soft fabrics or leathers. You can use moleskin lining to prevent the friction that causes blisters.
Beware of the foot salon
Wart viruses and serious bacterial infections can be spread if conditions are not sanitary. Avoid the “Wednesday Special,” or any deals that bring more customers. Try to schedule your appointment at the beginning of the day, when technicians should be less tired and the tools and basins a little bit cleaner. Do not shave or wax your legs for at least 24 hours before your appointment, hair removal can cause microscopic cuts, increasing susceptibility to infection.