Happy April! April is one of the best months because it means the days are getting warmer and longer. April is also a great month for feet because it’s National Foot Health Awareness Month. So, while we’re all welcoming the new season by cleaning our homes, those of us here at Gentle Touch Foot Care would like to also help you welcome National Foot Health Awareness Month with some foot beautification tips.
Watch Out for Bunions and Hammertoes!
Bunions and hammertoes can be both painful and unsightly. Although they’re different conditions, they share some of the same causes. If you’re planning on wearing open-toed shoes this summer, you should be sure to prevent bunions and hammertoes by:
- Avoiding tight-fitting shoes that cramp toes and cause friction
- Treating even minor traumatic toe injuries to complete restoration
- Wearing custom orthotics
If you are already struggling with bunions or hammertoes, talk to your foot doctor about treatment options available to you. Conservative treatments are usually prioritized over surgical options.
Scrub Your Skin
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a day at the spa to pamper your feet. Regularly washing your feet with an exfoliating scrub can prevent dry skin that creates extra friction in your shoes and often leads to the development of corns and calluses. You can even make your own sugar scrub at home using the following ingredients:
- Brown sugar
- Coconut oil
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Fend off Fungus
Running around in bare feet in the summertime but doing so makes you vulnerable to picking up fungi that can cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, or other smelly conditions. Keep your feet as pretty as possible by:
Wearing shower shoes in public locker rooms
- Keeping flip flops on while walking on pool decks
- Never sharing shoes or socks with anyone
The best way to keep your feet pretty this spring is by making regular visits to your local podiatrist. If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the Essex County area, our board-certified podiatrist, Bruce Theall, DPM, and his friendly staff are ready to work with you today. Make an appointment online or call our office at (973) 673-3668.