Do you know how to take care of your feet?

(NC) With summertime comes the chance to spend more time outdoors getting active. For many of us that also means being on our feet for longer periods of time – whether we’re hiking, cycling or tending our garden. With this uptick in activity, feet deserve a little extra care. Here are some tips to give your feet the help they deserve:

Practice proper foot hygiene

When is the last time you actually scrubbed your feet? Many people think normal shower run-off sufficiently cleans their feet, but that’s not always the case. Next time you’re in the shower, give your feet the attention they need with a sponge or loofah and some dedicated soap time.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes

While you might be tempted to sport a pair of chic heels or sandals that don’t fit quite right, wearing ill-fitting shoes can cause a host of serious problems. From general foot pain to bunions, tight-fitting shoes are not worth the damage. When trying on a new shoe, ensure your toes do not feel pinched, and stay away from footwear that require a “break-in period.”

Give yourself a foot massage

Not only will regular massages or reflexology sessions help to ease stress, but they are also good for your health and the health of your feet. They boost circulation, which supports healing and keeps your muscles and tissues healthy. They’re a good reason to treat yourself and kick your feet up this weekend.

Get fitted with orthotics

Without the right cushioning and support, your feet and shoes may not help absorb the everyday shock of repeatedly hitting the ground, which gives you tired, achy feet and fatigued lower body muscles. Getting customized orthotics that are matched for unique geometry of your feet, like Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics, can make a big difference. They’re actually clinically proven to provide immediate and all-day relief of five lower body pains.

You can find more information or get fitted for orthotics where available at a local kiosk. They’ll be rolling out across the country in the next few months.