June 16, 2017 is designated as National flip-flop Day. June is the beginning of the hottest summer months and our feet need extra protection. We love to wear flip-flops, sandals, open toed shoes AND we love to go barefoot.
That just shows how popular flip-flops are in North America and around the world. However, they can cause damage to your feet when worn all the time. Why is this? Because they provide no support to the foot leading to fallen arches. This, in turn, can lead to pain, calluses, hammer toes and other problems. Not to mention the callus formation on the heels and the skin dehydration caused by the constant slapping of the flip-flops against the heels.
Although flip flops are not good for the public in general, this is good news for the pedicurist as clients will be coming in for regular pedicures on a more frequent basis. They will also need to purchase more at-home maintenance products.
Whether travelling, vacationing or staying at home, here are some tips to share with your clients on how to protect their feet:
- Apply Footlogix Rough Skin or Footlogix Peeling Skin formula preventatively when walking barefoot, depending on which is appropriate for your client
- Wear sunscreen on top of your feet, around your ankles and don’t forget the toes
- Wear sunscreen on the bottom of the feet if you are lying in the sun on your front and use after applying Footlogix products
- If walking barefoot outside, observe the bottom of the feet for any blisters, scrapes or cuts when you come back inside
- Wear “flip-flops” around the pool, in the spa, hotel room or going through airport security to prevent getting Tinea Pedis. It is always advisable to wear flip flops at the beach to protect the feet from injury from sharp coral, shells or other debris
- Stubbed toes? Use Footlogix Nail Tincture preventatively on stubbed toes
- Travelling? Take antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, blister pads etc. in case needed
- Swollen ankles either from travelling or from heat? Reduce salt intake in your diet
- Finally – give your nails a break occasionally by going without nail polish for a few days before your next pedicure, especially if you frequently prefer using extremely dark colors