The Glitch: Swollen Feet
It’s finally time to slip on those new strappy sandals you bought this spring, but now they seem too small and they’re rubbing against your skin. Ouch!
Quick Fix: Give your tootsies some TLC. “We tend to be more active in warmer weather, standing and walking outside more,” says Mayde Lebensfeld, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Boca Raton, Florida. “As a result, gravity pulls blood and other bodily fluids downward, which causes them to pool in your ankles and feet.” Add in a bit of new-shoe-based friction and that swelling can result in sore spots and painful blisters. For relief, elevate your feet whenever possible and soak them in an Epsom salt bath (2 tablespoons of salt to a quart of warm water) for 10 minutes, three to five times a week. “The solution acts as an anti-inflammatory astringent, bringing down the bloat,” explains Lebensfeld. One to try: Dr. Teals Epsom Salt Eucalyptus Soak ($5; drugstore.com). You can also use black tea bags (two per quart of warm water); the tannins they contain are an astringent. Finally, cool your heels (and toes) by slathering on a refreshing lotion, such as Dead Sea Essentials by Ahava Tea Tree Oil Foot Cream ($10; deadsea-essentials.com).