Show your feet some summer love

At the end of summer, your feet may be begging for some TLC. Oklahoma City-area experts weigh in on how best to pamper your tootsies during their time of need.
by Linda Miller Published: August 7, 2012
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Take a peek at your feet.

Hot fun in the summertime may have left you with rough, dry heels and toes that need some attention. The good kind.

“Like most everything, summer feet benefit more from prevention than cure,” said Jo Josephson, nail technician at Complexions in the Shoppes at Northpark.

Even if you started the summer with baby soft feet, months of going barefoot or slipping into flip-flops, along with a little neglect, can leave them looking ragged.

“That's why it's even more important during the summer to clean and moisturize your feet at night,” Josephson said. “I think really rough, dry heels benefit more by using a thick, heavy heel cream, preferably one with an exfoliating acid and an intense moisturizing ingredient like shea butter.”

One product to consider is Bath & Body Works Heel of Approval, but using a heavy moisturizer such as those by Eucerin on hands and nails at night is a good habit, Josephson said. If possible, lock in the cream and its moisturizing powers by slipping on lightweight socks while you sleep or at least for a few hours before bed.

Young feet aren't immune to summertime wear and tear either. Exfoliation may not be needed regularly, but those toes and heels will feel and look better if kept smooth and moisturized.

Our feet work hard, so most of us like to free our toes as much as possible during hot weather. What feels good isn't always the best thing.

The American Podiatric Medical Association says walking barefoot can expose feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete's foot and other infections. Going barefoot also tends to make your feet more rough because they rub against hard, rough surfaces. Even walking on a sandy beach can cause your feet to become dry.

When feet become too dry, they can crack and are more susceptible to infection.

Dr. Steve Walker, podiatrist at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Associates in Edmond, said cracked heels are painful, too.

“We kind of take our feet for granted,” he said. But they can't always stand up to abuse, neglect and lack of shoes. “How your feet go, your whole body can go.”

Plenty of sandal and barefoot weather is still ahead, so show your feet a little love. One of the best ways to keep them in tiptoe shape is with a pedicure, either professional or do-it-yourself.

Professionally speaking

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by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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