Most of the time we can hide our feet in shoes and socks, but just before you put yours away for winter, spare a thought for how they have fared through a summer of flip flops and walking without shoes. Some foot conditions respond well to over-the-counter treatments, others can be a little more stubborn.

Calluses and Corns

What it is: Corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin. Calluses develop in places where there is repeated friction, while corns grow in places where there is a pinpoint of pressure being applied to the skin.

How to treat: Make an appointment to see a foot health practitioner so that you can get the correct treatment and advice. In the meantime, moisturise your feet every day.

Discoloured Toenails

What it is: Most discoloured toenails are caused by fungal infections. Fungus grows in dark, moist places, the inside of your shoes are a prime breeding ground. The good news is that sandal season can naturally help you reduce the time your toes spend in fungal breeding grounds.

How to treat: There are both topical and oral treatments available depending on your nails and general health.

Sweaty Feet

What it is: While it is totally normal and healthy for feet to sweat, excess moisture in the area can contribute to other foot issues like athlete’s foot. It can also become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to nasty odours.

How to treat: Using natural and breathable materials on the feet will help. Wash your feet every day and make sure you dry them properly, especially in between your toes.

Dry Feet

What it is: Dry skin can be caused by a variety of issues. Feet contain sweat glands, but do not produce oil, so they are prone to dry skin.

How to treat: It is important to moisturise your feet every day with a preparation high in urea content. If you have any concerns, talk to your foot health practitioner.

Don’t be embarrassed about your feet, whether they are in or out of socks.

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