Summer is the season of open shoes, bright sandals and sandals. That’s just in the heat, due to the increased load on the legs, dryness of the skin of the feet, cracks on the heels, swelling and other troubles may appear. But it is in the summer that many people want to show their legs in all their glory – well-groomed and gracefully stepping! How to achieve beauty and the cherished feeling of lightness? To do this, it is enough to adhere to simple rules.
We visit a pedicure room
Do not forget to do a pedicure regularly. It is best to consult a specialist. Home pedicure is very much inferior to modern foot and nail treatment technologies. After getting rid of roughened skin and calluses, you will feel that your legs literally “breathe”, and as a result, they better tolerate the load and heat. Ask the pedicure master how to take care of the skin of the feet yourself between procedures.
Choosing the right shoes
When choosing shoes for summer, it is important to give preference to soft natural materials. When selecting sports shoes, pay attention to high-tech models with the effect of micro-ventilation.
If you spend a lot of time “on your feet”, pay attention to ballet flats, moccasins, tennis shoes, summer boots or legionnaire sandals. These shoes are devoid of chafing narrow straps and edging and are especially comfortable in the heat. If necessary, observe the shoe section of the dress code – classic “boats” with medium heels, made of the lightest possible material, will help out.
Special demands on shoes should be shown to those suffering from flat feet (both high heels and flat-soled models will not suit them) and ladies with high blood sugar (it is important to avoid scuffs and other microtraumas of the foot).
Sandals with thin straps and high heels are better left for evening outings – restaurant, theater. If you take care of your feet during the day, wearing less comfortable shoes for a short time will not cause you big problems.
A few facts
The history of shoes has 25-30 thousand years. The first models of shoes had little resemblance to modern models, they resembled “envelopes” made of skins, lined with hay from the inside. The shoes of the ancient Egyptians were sandals made of palm leaves, tied with leather straps. In ancient Greece, in addition to leather sandals, boots without socks, soft lace-up boots, as well as half-boots with a strong back were invented. By the way, the Greeks were the first to sew the right and left half pairs of shoes according to different patterns.
Even in those days there was a certain dress code. So, in the wardrobe of the Romans there were both fully open sandals and deaf shoes covering the entire foot. To appear in sandals in public places was considered the height of indecency. And it was the Romans who introduced the color division of shoes – light was intended for women, dark for men. There were also caste signs – patrician shoes were fastened with four straps, plebeian – only one.
Fashionistas of the Middle Ages wore models with curved socks, heels, narrowed or too long. And it was the age of Enlightenment that brought back the principle of convenience.
We observe hygiene
Regular rinsing of the feet plays not only a hygienic, but also a serious unloading role. If it is not possible to take a shower or wash your feet with cool water, you need to wipe them with wet wipes several times a day. This procedure has a tonic effect on the whole body due to the many active zones located on and around the foot, and is even able to slightly reduce body temperature.
We use drugs
There are many herbs and flowers that promote rest and rejuvenation of the legs. So, when washing your feet, it is advisable to use a gel or foam containing green tea extract and tea tree oil. These components help to relieve fatigue and swelling.
Soap and foot creams based on chamomile, wormwood and celandine will help to cope with excessive sweating and unpleasant odor. Those suffering from swelling and swelling of the veins should pay attention to one of the oldest useful plants – ginkgo biloba.
We train and massage the legs
In the summer, do not forget to unload your legs. The simplest option is to “lift up” your feet on the wall. Literally. If the place and time do not allow, try to take off your shoes a couple of times a day and put your feet on the next chair for a while.
As a workout and prevention of flat feet, it is useful to roll a rolling pin with your feet every day. For these purposes, an ordinary wooden one is suitable, or better – with a special orthopedic tubercle coating. It is also very useful for the health of the legs to bend and unbend them with effort in the ankle joints. Do not forget about another very useful exercise – a bicycle. Perform it in a prone position, and at the end, shake your relaxed legs freely in the air.
Tired legs will benefit from the so-called “diverting” massage. With light movements of the hands, stroke the feet, moving from the toes to the heels, the shins – from the ankles to the knees, the hips – from the knees to the pelvis. Apply stronger pressure only for additional training of the foot muscles. By massaging its inner arch, you stimulate the extensors, rubbing the external flexors.
It is also recommended to walk barefoot more often. Use any opportunity to feel rounded pebbles, sand or grass under your feet.
Fighting with edema
To avoid the appearance of edema, follow these simple but very effective recommendations:
– In the subway, do not stand on the escalator, but walk up the stairs on foot.
– Several times a day, do exercises that stretch the muscles of the lower leg: step from toe to heel and back.
– Visit the pool regularly.
Easy gait for you!