If you’re like me, your feet hurt from time to time. Ill-fitted shoes, dry skin and excessive movement cause them to ache. Unfortunately, all of these issues tend to increase exponentially as the weather warms up. This year, be proactive. Make your feet feel good this summer by adopting a few new habits.
- Spend extra money on flip flops. The ones you get at the swap meet won’t cut the mustard. They are CHEAP and as a result often chaff the wearer’s skin. Instead, shell out some extra dough for flip flops from Havaianas. After owning my first pair, I understood what the fuss was all about. The additional cushion and workmanship result in a comfortable walk that doesn’t irritate the space between my big toe and middle toe.
- Incorporate pedicures into your schedule. This tip goes for guys too. You don’t have to patronize a fancy beauty shop. You can give yourself a pedicure at home with a nail kit, an inexpensive one available at any drug store. They usually run for a little under $20 bucks.
- Apply lotion to your feet on a daily basis. Never skip a day. The best time to moisturize your feet with lotion is right after a hot shower. Also, be sure you invest into a quality lotion that truly penetrates your skin. My suggestion – try using Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream. Besides being created from natural ingredients, this product revives and rejuvenates dry skin.
- Stretch well before any physical activity. The sun often inspires men and women to take long walks. However, before doing any type of exercise, it’s important to stretch. Stretching reduces your chance of injury in this area. And, unfortunately, if you break a toe, there’s no remedy except to endure the pain until the body heals itself.
- Drink eight glasses of water every day. This last point may surprise you, but by consuming enough water on a daily basis you actually improve your body’s ability to produce oils. Hence – the balls of your feet will be less dry and cracked. From appearance to feel, they’ll be better. See: How to Moisturize from the Inside Out
Use these five ways to make your feet feel better this summer and bring them into the next season without incident. It’s the least you can do considering how much they support you.
Also see: 8 Ways to Treat Your Feet Right