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Summer Foot Care Guide

Finally. Summer is here.

And so is our Summer Foot Care Guide. Make the most of your feet and Alaska this summer by following these tips.

1. Exfoliate at least once a week

Get rid of surface dry skin cells, making them look and feel smoother. This makes a moisturizer more effective too. For dryer skin, opt for a sugar scrub instead of a salt-based scrub - salt detoxifies and draws out impurities, but can also be dehydrating.

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2. Ingrown toenails

If ingrown toenails are causing you pain, Dr. Kaufman can take care of them in-office. Walk out in your own shoes in less than 15 minutes. The best part - it’s often covered by insurance! Get it taken care of and never have to worry about it again. Don’t worry about how it will look after, we have solutions - including painting the skin and will show you recommended products and how to use them.

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3. Fade calluses with a pumice stone

Keep one in your shower to scrub your feet once a day or every other day. Apply more pressure to calluses, which are caused by excessive pressure. Problem calluses can be quickly treated in-office, through the use of pads, shaving, or reducing them with acid.

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4. Coconut oil

A great moisturizer for dry, rough skin, coconut oil nurtures skin and improves impurities. Rub coconut oil onto your feet before bed, leave it on overnight with cotton socks and you’ll have softer feet by the morning.

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5. A fresh coat

Make sure your nail polish is up-to-date with these trending colors in 2017
1. Nude tones that match your skin tone perfectly
2. Bold pinks and reds
3. Peachy shades
4. Shades of blue

Woman's feet with red toenails in the sand

6. Apply sunscreen

The skin on your feet is sensitive to sun, especially for us Alaskans. Applying sunscreen protects your feet, cuticles and nails from drying out and will help keep them looking fresh.

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7. Antifungals

If toenails are yellowed or discolored, they may be infected with a slow-growing fungus. Solutions include paint-on lacquers, oral medications, shoe sprays and laser treatments. Call or see Dr. Kaufman for more information on treatment options that are the best fit for you.

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For any questions on these tips or to address any problem areas, feel free to give us a call at 907-344-2155 or send us a private message on Facebook.