Deep into the summer months, there are countless opportunities to wear the most fashionable shoes without socks as well as toes exposed. Given all that are feet are exposed to, here are tips to help maintain healthy feet during the summer months:

1. A brand-spanking new pair of sandals can bring a spanking new set of painful blisters on your feet. Sores and blisters can form from the chafing that happens when a shoe rubs up against the skin. Then that irritated skin can balloon out and fill with fluid to cushion and protect the deeper layers of skin underneath. To cut down on the amount of blisters from new shoes, make sure that the shoes are a perfect fit and do not rub up against your feel in an irritating way. Bend the shoes and walk in them before wearing them for that special event or occasion.

2. Wearing open-backed shoes can spread the fat pad of the heel and cause the skin on your heel to crack To treat and repair any deep cracks in your heel and you also see dried blood, treat the heel with an antibiotic oil or cream and cover with a band aid.

3. Flip flop season is upon is but experts warn that all flip flops are not created equal. Look for a pair with a thicker sole with arch support. Also, the more straps the shoe has, the better. Thicker and more straps on your shoe can reduce stress placed on the toes to grip the flip flop so it doesn’t fly off your foot.

4. Walking barefoot might be one of the great joys of summer, but it can also put you at an increased risk of contracting viruses as well as fungus (like athlete’s foot). You can also contract various bacteria These ailments to the foot tend to thrive in warm, moist environments, like a public pool. or warm summer setting. Even at home, consider wearing shoes all of the time during the summer months to cut down on your risk of infection.

5. When you think pedicure, think safety. News 92 FM’s Bonnie Petrie did a special report on the dangers of salons and spas during the peak of pedicure season which happens to be the summer months. Take time to notice the practices of your salon and make sure that the tools used are safe, sterilized and clean.

6. What shoes can be thrown away? During the summer, we are more inclined to purchase shoes that are fun and very inexpensive. Consider replacing those shoes periodically as you probably wear them most often. Did you know that one study from the University of Miami conducted, found that a single pair of flip flops can harbor a whopping 18,000 bacteria, including the dangerous superbug, Staphylococcus aureus? So change those frequently worn summer shoes to cut down on your chance of contracting bacteria.

When it comes to healthy feet in the summer there are several measures that need to be taken to ensure healthy feet. Take a look at the video below for additional tips and information:

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