Summer means airing your feet in public and the spectre of a series of seasonal podal problems. These can range from fungal infections to less serious, but still painful, chafing, blisters and sores caused by using and abusing unsuitable footwear. Summer footwear should be comfortable, flexible, made of natural materials and breathable.
High temperatures and humidity create the ideal breeding ground for fungi, which cause itchiness, inflamed red skin and nail discolouration. Watch out! Fungal infections are highly contagious, not only to other areas of your own body, but also to other people. If your toenail turns yellow, don’t panic, take action!
Another recurrent summer problem is athlete’s foot which can crop up on the sole of your feet and/or between your toes. It’s easily spotted as you’ll feel a maddening itching, stinging or even burning sensation in the infected area. It requires medical attention as soon as possible. To keep it at bay, make sure you always wear flip-flops in public places with wet floors.
To avoid fungal infections, experts recommend careful foot hygiene. Make sure you towel dry your feet thoroughly after showering, paying special attention to the area between your toes, and also moisturise. If you tend to sweat a lot, use an antiperspirant product after washing and drying. Never share towels or shoes and don’t walk barefoot on hot surfaces.