How to get your feet Summer ready

How to get your feet Summer ready

Get Summer ready with Active Life

Summer may seem a way off with all this recent rain, but it can take longer than you may think to get your feet Summer ready.

 Did you know the verruca virus can gain entry into the soles of your feet through sweat ducts. It can take anything from 2 weeks to 3 months for the verruca to visibly appear.

And fungal nails usually start because any untreated fungus on the skin (Athletes foot) can gain entry to the nails through damage to the nail bed. Early treatment is essential to prevent nail fungus which is unsightly and difficult to treat.

 As sandal season approaches, it’s important to take care of your feet at home and in the clinic.  

At home, soak your feet regularly in warm water for 10 – 20 minutes and giving them a little massage whilst you moisturise after will help with circulation and hydration. Keeping your toenails cut straight and not too short will help prevent ingrown toenails.   

If you’re worried about a foot condition, talk to one of our specialists today and we can get you tip top for Summer.

1. Your shoes matter

Wearing flip flops, flat shoes and sandals can cause problems including plantar fasciitis due to providing no arch support. Customised flip flops offer control and support, similar (although not as effective) as an orthosis. Book in for your customised consultation today

2. Get your skin and nails properly checked

Holiday swimming pools can be full of nasty bacteria and infection. Prevention is better than cure and a routine appointment will put your mind at rest as well as treat any infection early 

3. Hydrate your feet

Apply a specialist cream regularly to treat or prevent cracked heels. For mild cases of dry skin, you can exfoliate at home, followed by a moisturising foot cream. We recommend CCS foot care and keep the clinic stocked up. You can purchase through our Parsons Green HQ 

4. Sweaty feet can lead to infections

The soles of our feet contain more sweat glands than any other part of our body. Sweaty feet are more prone to fungal infections which can not only be unsightly, but can be painful and itchy too. These can be treated in clinic, or with our range of products available to purchase directly over the counter

5. Don’t forget your sunscreen

Every year, we see lots of people with sunburnt feet. This is not only painful and can cause blistering (which makes you more prone to infection) but it can also increase your chances of skin cancer. So don’t forget your feet when you’re applying sun cream. The higher the SPF, the better!

It’s always a good idea to get your feet checked properly. Active Life Podiatry offers a range of podiatry and chiropody treatments to keep you in top condition all year round.

We hope you found this blog useful, but as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give the team a call on 020 7381 6682  or complete our booking form to request a callback.

Need a helping hand getting your feet Summer ready? View our services or head over to the booking page to book your appointment today.

We are here to help you to #TakeSteps

  • To an active recovery following injury
  • To active, healthy feet for your family
  • To a personal best
  • To an Active Life
National Foot Health Week

National Foot Health Week

Celebrating National Foot Health Week 

National Foot Health Week is back for 2023 and runs April 17th – 23rd  

In our lifetimes we walk an average of 115,000 miles, but our feet are one of our most neglected body parts when it comes to maintenance and care.  

Routine podiatry is a part of regular maintenance to keep feet healthy, not just for when you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Our feet undergo a lot of stress just by carrying our bodies. If you are experiencing ongoing problems such as, dry, excessively moist skin or fungal infections then a routine podiatry appointment is for you. 

Podiatry appointments should be thought of like an annual eye test.  

We can treat existing conditions and help with pain management, advise on lifestyle adjustments to promote foot health, check and recommend appropriate footwear, spot potential issues early and prevent future problems. 

Did you know feet problems can indicate other underlying health problems so it is important we take care of our feet and see a podiatrist as we would with any other body part and specialist.  

What you can do for National Foot Health Week 

  • Book an appointment with your chosen Active Life Podiatrist  
  • Book or encourage your family and children to get their annual foot health check 
  • Talk to your friends, relatives or colleagues about your experience  
  • Refer Active Life Podiatry to your friends and claim 10% off your next Routine appointment*  
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for tips on how to look after your feet 
  • Share your experience at Active Life Podiatry by leaving us a Google review.  

Things to look out for  

Some common conditions we see in clinic that can grow worse if left untreated are: 

  • Athlete’s foot  
  • Corns and calluses  
  • Ingrown toenails 
  • Chilblains 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Verrucae  
  • Gout  

Why not add National Foot Health Week to your calendar as your annual reminder to get your feet checked.  

We look forward to seeing you in clinic soon. 


*Subject to availability and excludes treatments with John   


Whether it’s a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis or a pain management plan, our experts are on hand to help. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go. Let us help you get there.

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