Summer has finally arrived and sandal season is in full swing. But don’t let your feet keep you from showing off your newest pair of sandals! We all know how uncomfortable and embarrassing it can be to show our feet because of corns, calluses, hammer toes, fungus, missing nails, and any number of other common foot problems. However, the good news is that these issues can be treated and you’ll be able to enjoy the warm weather in your signature style. We gathered our collection of tips to make sure that you can enjoy summer with your toes out in the sun.


Assess the severity of the problem

Before you can treat any foot problem, you must first assess its severity. If you are experiencing minor issues such as dry skin or calluses, you can probably manage them by using an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin and then using a moisturizer to keep the skin soft. However, if you have a more severe problem, such as a corn or hammer toe, you should see one of our podiatrists for an assessment and treatment plan.


Dr. Erin Koprince and Dr. Mona Ramani understand the challenges an active lifestyle can bring. Both of our physicians have been athletes and dancers, which lead them to their passion for podiatry. ‘When you use your feet to make a living or if your feet are suffering the results of years of hard work to complete that marathon or just get through your workday, it’s going to show. You deserve to have pain-free feet and toes.’ says Dr. Koprince


Dr. Ramani shares, ‘A little bit of proactive care will not only get you back to the life you want to live but can remove the embarrassing look of hammer toes, fungal infections, and even excessive sweat. No more slipping in your sandals, wearing socks to the beach, or opting out of cute shoes. You deserve better.’


Fungal Infections

Fungal infections are not only unsightly, but they can also be painful and uncomfortable. Common symptoms include yellowing or crumbling nails, a thickening of the nail, or a foul odor. However, there are several over-the-counter antifungal creams and powders available that can help to clear up the infection. If the infection is more severe, your podiatrist may prescribe an antifungal medication. If you want to know more about options for fungal infections this summer, check out our feature on Keryflex™.


Hammer Toes

Hammer toes occur when one or more toes bend downwards at the middle joint. The condition can be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, or a muscle imbalance in the foot. Treatment for hammer toes may include wearing comfortable shoes with room in the toe box, using foot orthotics to correct gait issues, or in some cases, surgery. If you are unsure about how to take care of your hammer toe, come in to our studio and get a consultation.


Missing Nails

A missing toenail can occur after an injury or a fungal infection. While it may seem unimportant, not having a toenail can cause not only discomfort but pain when wearing shoes or walking barefoot. Our podiatrists can create a custom prosthetic nail that is matched to your existing toenails that will allow antifungal medications to penetrate so that you are looking great and taking care of the problem at the same time.



Regular pedicures can help to keep your feet in top condition. However, be sure to choose a reputable salon that prioritizes hygiene and sanitation. If you are planning on getting a pedicure, inform your pedicurist of any foot problems you may be experiencing so they can take special care when handling your feet.


Come In For A Consultation

Summer is an exciting time of year, and the last thing you want is to be self-conscious about your feet. If you’re experiencing any foot problems, don’t let them keep you from enjoying the sunshine. Seeking treatment is the first step to getting your feet back in top condition. If you’re not sure where to start, consult with one of our professional board-certified podiatrists who can advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular problem. Remember that you deserve to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin – or, in this case, your own sandals!