5 Nice Things to Do for Your Feet
From Blisters to Inflamed Tendons, Summer Can Be Tough on Toes
3. Wear Sensible Shoes continued...
High heels, Reid says, don't just put temporary pressure on the ball of the
foot -- they change the makeup of your foot. "A 3-inch heel causes pressure
seven times your body weight," she explains. "This changes the pattern
of (cushioning) fat on the bottom of your foot. This can happen to women in
Fortunately, the sandals and platforms worn in summer tend to have a lower
toe to heel height ratio. "A platform raises the heel as well as the
toe," Reid explains.
"Summer is a wonderful time for businesswomen," says Brodsky.
"They can wear open-toed shoes and give those piggies a breather. We see
fewer complaints of painful hammertoes and bunions with women wearing
dressy sling backs and sandals."
In the August issue of Shop Etc. magazine, beauty mavens exult over
comfy new dress shoe styles that underpin heels; platforms; and other sexy
styling with thick padding and shock absorbers. This takes that
seven-times-your-body weight pressure and distributes it, making the shoe, not
your tissues, take the weight.
One piece of advice when shopping for shoes is to press your finger inside
the shoe -- ball of the foot and arch. See if it springs back. Check out the
materials too. The comfiest shoes, especially in summer, are not plastic or
man-made materials, but leather. And thicker heels distribute weight
But look out for those pointy toes. There are lots of cute ballerina flats
with round toes out there.
"In summer," Brodsky offers, "shoes tend to be less
4. Protect Feet From Contaminated Water
At the pool, in the gym, in the locker room, wear clogs or flip-flops --
preferably your own, Brodsky advises.
"We notice more athlete's foot (fungus) in
kids in summer," Reid says. "It's not a new risk. Keep feet dry. Rinse
them during the day, change socks twice a day. And don't wear the same sweaty
old shoes every day."
Reid also recommends using an antiperspirant on feet. "It robs fungus of
the moisture it likes," she says (and helps with foot and shoe odor).
Another source of contaminated water is nail salons. Some California
pedicure salons were found to have drains full of organisms.
If you go get a pedicurist, Reid recommends getting one of the first
appointments in the morning.
Always be sure you are getting sterilized instruments -- even a file used on
your own hands should not be used on your feet.
"Pedicurists," Reid adds," are not supposed to use a blade to
peel off calluses." Diabetics should not get pedicures -- your doctor will
take care of your feet.
Never shave your legs before a pedicure, either, Reid says. "If there is
bacteria around, you don't want it in small cuts on your legs."