Sweaty summer feet
It’s so lovely to air your feet; if you’re sitting down for a few minutes, slide your shoes off and allow your feet to cool.
As I’m writing, this is 30 degrees outside, and every patient I have seen is struggling with the heat. It’s hard to sleep, impossible to drink the amount of water needed and difficult to choose what to eat. We spend months waiting for the sun, but when it finally arrives, we are never ready.
Feet wise- my best advice would be to wear the right shoe for the activity.
If you are at home and pottering in the house and garden, then a pair of cushioned, supportive sandals are great. Barefoot is lovely for short periods, but calluses and hard skin can develop if you don’t protect your feet. Beware of treading on hot pavements or concrete!!
You won’t want to wear proper walking shoes on sweltering days, but please do if you are out with the dog or enjoying a countryside stroll. Hot feet will sweat, and sweat will mean your feet are likely to slide in sandals. Walking shoes also protect your whole foot, whereas walking sandals allow pebbles and twigs to poke in.
Talking about sweaty feet, this is something many patients hate. It’s embarrassing even to talk about it with your partner. Foot sweat is normal, but there are a few things you can do to reduce it and reduce the odour from it.
- Wash your feet daily
- Keep your toenails short
- Change your socks daily
- Wear moisture-wicking away socks
- Wear different shoes each day, allowing shoes to dry in between uses.
- Stay hydrated
- Treat your shoes with an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial spray
- See a podiatrist to check for any foot conditions
If your shoes and feet smell unpleasant, come in for a chat, and we can talk through the ideal hygiene routine to reduce the embarrassment.
On really hot days, allow your feet to cool off regularly. Keeping them inside hot socks and shoes may lead to fungal infections.
I hope you are enjoying the weather whilst staying cool and applying sun cream.