When Daylight Savings Time comes around you know summer is not too far behind. And when the nicer weather rolls around, it’s the perfect time to wear your new warm-weather footwear that allows your feet to breathe again. But because the summer weather can be rough on your feet, you need to pamper them with some extra care, so they’ll feel and look healthy. Dr. Timothy Barry of Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper in Dubois County is sharing some tips that will keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Follow these tips for sandal-ready feet this spring and summer:

·        Soak your feet. Warm water Epsom salt soaks go a long way in repairing winter damage. Scrub your heels lightly with a pumice stone after soaking for at least 10 minutes to remove built-up dead skin. Don’t over-soak though!

·        Dry them well. Ensure after a bath or a foot soak that you dry your feet thoroughly. Fungus and bacteria love wet, dark areas like between your toes, so make sure you dry there too!

·        Start moisturizing. Before bed, slather your feet with foot cream or moisturizer. Work the cream into the soles and heel. Avoid putting it between your toes, as it can create too much moisture in this area that fungus loves!

·        Trim your nails right. Cut your toenails straight across with a clean, proper toenail clipper. Rounded toenails can lead to painful ingrown toenails

·        Check your toenails for changes. If your toenails have become thickened or changed color at all, it’s a common sign of nail fungus. If you suspect fungal nails, you need to call your podiatrist. Over-the-counter fungal nail treatments often don’t stop the source, and the fungus returns soon after treatment.

·        Get the proper footwear. If last year’s spring or summer footwear is worn or tattered, throw them out and replace them with new ones. If you’re buying new shoes, make sure they fit correctly and don’t squeeze your toes causing bunions or slip off your heel, creating blisters.

Follow these easy steps during the warmer spring and summer months so your feet will look and feel their very best. Inspect your feet daily, and if you encounter any unusual issues or experience pain, contact the office of Dr. Timothy Barry of Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper in Dubois County at (812) 481-7200 to schedule a visit or request an appointment online.