How to Have Happy Feet for the Summer

Doctor Offers Tips for Healthy, Attractive Feet for the Barefoot Season

NORTH FARMINGDALE, NY--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - Summertime means bare feet.

At the beach, at the pool or just walking in sandals, it's the season where your feet get to breathe. But how do you keep your feet healthy as you expose them to dangers like athlete's foot and other maladies?

"It's not enough just to keep your feet clean," said Dr. Maureen Jennings, podiatrist and spokesperson for Pedinol Pharmacal's Fungoid Tincture ( "A lot of people tend to ignore their feet, and as a result they expose them to all kinds of infections and problems that can cause them to be both unhealthy and unsightly."

Dr. Jennings says there are 11 simple rules to follow for healthy, happy feet.

--  Proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the
    first lines of defense against fungal infections.
--  Clean and dry feet resist disease.
--  Washing the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly,
    is the best way to prevent an infection.
--  Shower shoes should be worn when possible in public areas.
--  Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed more than once daily.
--  Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not
    extend beyond the tip of the toe.
--  Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
--  Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promote moisture.
--  Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than
    cotton or wool socks.
--  Disinfect home pedicure tools.
--  Don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection -- those that are
    red, discolored, or swollen, for example.

"Showers and locker rooms at the gym are breeding grounds for all kinds of fungus and bacteria, but you can fight it if you make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after you shower, and put on a pair of clean socks after your shower."

About Dr. Maureen Jennings

Dr. Jennings has been a podiatrist in private practice for 23 years, and is also a well-published expert in the field of podiatric medicine. She is also the Executive Director of the Jennings Institute for Clinical Research and former Dean for Research at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

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