If you’ve gone to the beach or even sat poolside, your feet have probably been exposed to a lot of the elements that it wouldn’t normally be exposed to. Beaches mean sun, sand, uneven walking surfaces and sometimes insect bites. Pools also mean sun but instead of sand there is chlorine and bacteria to watch out for in sitting water. For both, you were probably wearing flip flops or nothing at all. It’s time to give your feet a little break so that they can be fully functional for the rest of the summer!
- Scrub – Use a gentle scrub (homemade scrubs can be made from brown sugar, honey, and a little olive oil) and lightly scrub all of the dead skin from your toes and the bottom of your feet. Rinse off after completing and place your feet on a towel.
- Massage – Take a little extra massage oil (baby oil, coconut oil, etc.) and slowly rub the most tense parts of your feet. Go from toe to heel and then slowly back from heel to the toe. Also flex and stretch your feet slowly in between massaging to give your hands a break and also give your feet extra satisfaction.
- Aloe – The sun has probably tanned your skin making it darker and drier. Now is a good time to put some moisture back. If you’ve sunburned yourself, this step is essential to helping your skin heal. Use an aloe plant for fresh aloe or buy an aloe gel from the pharmacy and apply to the tops of your feet and ankles. Let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes to absorb the nutrition from the aloe and cool your feet.
- Ice – If your feet are swollen from the high temperatures, use an ice bath for your feet to help cool down your feet and ankles. Don’t keep your feet in the ice for more than 2-3 minutes (if you can even handle it for that long!) After icing gently warm your feet back up with lukewarm water and apply lotion.
When you are done, you should literally rest your feet and prop them up for 30 minutes or as long as you have time for) so that they can naturally heal and not become overused. If you have any questions or foot or ankle injuries contact us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm has been treating patients for over eighteen years in the Centreville, VA area. You can call our offices at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.