As the seasons change, so do our routines. Since our feet have been bundled up all winter, it’s time to give them a little TLC in preparation for the warmer weather. With these tips and tricks from Podiatry Center of New Jersey, spring-ready feet are just a few steps away! Ensure your feet are looking and feeling their best before taking on new springtime activities, and read on for all the need-to-know info.

Exfoliate and hydrate for Smooth Skin

Winter boots and thick socks can lead to dry, rough skin on your feet. Start your spring foot care routine by exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and reveal smoother, softer skin. Use a gentle foot scrub or pumice stone to smooth dry patches, paying extra attention to areas prone to calluses, like heels and the balls of your feet. Find a foot-specific moisturizer to add to your routine after exfoliating that contains ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, or coconut oil to lock in moisture and help prevent dryness.

Trim and Shape Your Nails

If nail care isn’t a priority, it definitely needs to be! Toenails help add a layer of protection to our toes, and healthy toenails can help prevent infection. Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails, then gently file any rough edges. Avoid cutting nails too short or rounding the corners, as this can increase the risk of ingrown nails.

Take it Easy

With the arrival of spring, you may be eager to get outside and engage in outdoor activities. However, it’s essential to ease into physical activities gradually to avoid overexertion and potential foot injuries. Start with low-impact exercises like walking or gentle stretching to condition your feet and lower limbs. Listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort, allowing time for your feet to adjust to increased activity levels.

If you’re ready to step into your spring foot care routine or have any foot-related ailments you’re looking to discuss, the expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey is always here to give you advice and guidance. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online so you can step into this new season with confidence.