March 9 - 15 is National Feet Week, and spring is just around the corner. So today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, in New Haven County and Fairfield County are sharing their top nine tips to get your feet ready for spring!
Having your feet confined during the winter months can cause a variety of conditions, from discolored toenails and dry skin to unattractive calluses and annoying corns.
Taking a little time to pamper your feet to prepare for warm weather can make them look and feel their very best when you begin wearing warm-weather footwear. And properly caring for your feet not only inspires good hygiene - can also bring to light any problem areas that need attention. It’s also a great way to relax and ease the stress after an exhausting winter.
Here are our 9 top tips for getting your feet ready for spring!
Banish the Buildup: Use a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove dead, thickened skin buildup on the sides, heels, and balls of the feet.
Hydrate: Apply the right amount of lotion that is rich in emollients all over your feet to nourish the skin. Be sure to remove any excess lotion between your toes as this can cause athlete’s feet.
Daily Cleanse: Cleanse your feet each day with soap and water and dry them carefully, paying particular attention to the areas between your toes.
Enjoy a Soothing Soak. Submerge your feet in warm water with herbal soaks, oils, or Epsom salts for no less than 10 minutes.
Seal in the Softness: Lock in moisture by donning poly-cotton blend socks while in bed.
Keep Your Nails Trimmed: With a straight-edged toenail clipper, trim your nails even with the end of each toe to make sure nails don’t become rounded in the corners. If not trimmed properly, ingrown toenails can result.
Footwear First: Inspect last year’s warm-weather footwear and discard any sandals or shoes with excessive wear.
Exfoliate: Remove dry, flaky winter skin on the sides, tops, and soles of the feet with an exfoliating scrub.
Visit the Podiatrist: If any nail or skin issues exist, see a podiatrist for a checkup.
Contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County to schedule an appointment today to get your feet ready for spring!