Simple Tips for Monsoon Footcare
DON’T FORGET YOUR FEET
Don’t we just love the click-clack sound of rain drops! The arrival of monsoon brings in respite from the clammy and muggy summer weather, is also the season of romance, fun, greenery and scenic beauty, but it also comes with its share of cons as well.
Caring for your feet during monsoons can prove to be quite tricky as they’re exposed to dirt and germs due to prolonged and constant exposure to muck and rain water during a downpour. A little extra care tendered to your feet during monsoon and rainy season can help prevent serious foot conditions. Give your feet the attention they deserve by following the below mentioned monsoon care tips -
HAPPY FEET – DO’S AND DONT’S
- WHAT TO WEAR - Buy footwear that provides a firm grip while holding the foot in place and does not slip when the shoes and feet get wet. Avoid wearing closed shoes as dirty muck and water can start collecting inside. Don’t wear leather or suede shoes, especially if they’re closed ones. Try to wear open shoes like flip flops, floaters, etc as this will let the water flow out in case it gets wet. Don't forget to wear gum boots if you live in a region prone to heavy rainfall and floods.
- DEAL WITH THE HEEL - Avoid wearing heels in the monsoons as roads get wet and slippery. If unavoidable, wear footwear that are slip resistant and with as little heel as possible.
- SUN DRIED - Never wear footwear that is wet or dirty as this can lead to skin diseases in monsoon. Ensure that your shoes are dry before you wear it the next day. Don’t keep your footwear under the bed or in a shoe rack when wet. Keep it in an open area or in sunlight to prevent bacteria from breeding inside your shoes and will avoid the pungent smell too.
- SQUEAKY CLEAN - Wash your feet as soon as you get back and pat them dry, especially the area in between toes because we often forget to clean the moisture when we get wet in rain or get out of a shower, which is the prime cause of fungal and bacterial infections.
- SOAK UP - Exfoliate your feet while having bath by soaking them in lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes and scrub with a pumice stone or any other scrubbing material. It will remove all the dead cells from your feet. A word of caution though - Don’t go overboard with scrubbing your feet since it might cause injury to your skin.
- GRIM OR TRIM - Less dirt accumulates underneath the nails and cleaning feet becomes easier if you keep your toenails trimmed.
- PULL YOUR SOCKS UP - Always wear a clean pair of cotton socks and try to keep an extra pair of socks to change them once you reach your destination, in case they get wet.
- TEND TO YOUR WOUNDS - Do not neglect any type of warts, wounds or minor infections on your feet. Clean your wounds with antiseptic liquid. If necessary, consult a doctor as soon as possible.
- FRICTION BUSTER - Your feet are prone to excessive sweating during monsoons and this could lead to fungal infection and chafing which is caused by friction between the feet, socks and shoes. Prolonged rubbing of wet socks or shoes on the skin makes your skin sting or burn, and you develop a mild, red rash. Topical applications like SkinEasi® Comfoot anti shoe-bite silicone gel and foot protector forms an invisible, friction lowering silicone film that protects feet from shoe bite or blisters.
Our feet are one of the most neglected parts of our body, especially since we primarily tend to focus mainly on our face and neck area but by following these monsoon foot care tips, you can change that for the better.