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11 Doctor Recommended Tips for Healthy, Attractive Feet

June 26, 2010

Summertime means bare feet.

At the beach, at the pool or just walking in sandals, it’s the season where your feet get to breathe. But how do you keep your feet healthy as you expose them to dangers like athlete’s foot and other maladies that can make your feet itch, swell or just look ugly?

Dr. Maureen Jennings, a noted podiatrist, says healthy feet are always important, but even more so during the summer.

“It’s not enough to keep your feet clean,” said Dr. Jennings. “A lot of people tend to ignore their feet, and as a result they expose them to all kinds of infections and problems that can cause them to be both unhealthy and unsightly. The last thing you want during the summer is to be forced to hide your feet because they’re red, itchy or inflamed.”

Dr. Jennings says there are 11 simple rules to follow for healthy, happy feet.

  1. Proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the first lines of defense against fungal infections.
  2. Clean and dry feet resist disease.
  3. Washing the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly, is the best way to prevent an infection.
  4. Shower shoes should be worn when possible in public areas.
  5. Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed daily.
  6. Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  7. Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  8. Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promote moisture.
  9. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to “wick” away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks.
  10. Disinfect home pedicure tools.
  11. Don’t apply polish to nails suspected of infection-those that are red, discolored, or swollen, for example.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2010 11:28 am

    Thank you! šŸ™‚

  2. July 22, 2010 9:34 pm

    Great idea, thanks for this post!

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