Hot Feet in the Summertime

I am not sure what it is like in your neck of the woods when summertime hits, but here in Seattle, when there is 50% more sun than gray, we are a force to be reckoned with… and indeed, since it arrived so late this year, more so!  Do not get in between us and our exaltation of great sunny weather, even if it doesn’t arrive until 2pm in the afternoon…

So here are some hot tips to keep your feet happy and healthy while enjoying all your fun activities:

  • Wear sandals that your support your ankle – it will help prevent ankle sprains and keep those toes from curling up and staying curled when you are 70 years old.
  • A cool water foot soak can bring down the swelling after a long day in the sun or while engaging in running/hiking/walking activities.
  • Spritz your bare feet with peppermint water for a refreshing foot “pick me up.”  To make, add 10 drops of peppermint oil (located from your local healthy food store) into a small spray 80z. bottle filled with filtered water.
  • Keep the calluses down!  Extra activity can accelerate callus buildup and there is nothing more annoying than a cracked and bleeding callus to dampen any of your standing sports and activities.  Purchase a ped-egg or pumice stone and use at least weekly.  The Ped Egg is used on dry skin and the pumice in the shower.

Give those “puppies” a break!  Kick off those shoes at the end of the day and feel the earth below you.  Say “Thank You” to your remarkable feet that keep you upright and afoot all day long.  After all, it is summertime, and if your hot feet are chilled down and happy, you should have a very good time.


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