1 . Never again wear new sandals without breaking them in – that means weeks of work, in socks. Even flat velvet sandals are now agony.
2 . Carry a blister stick. Prevention is better than cure. Compeed’s Anti-Blister Stick will do the job. I want something that reduces friction and isn’t messy. If you do need a plaster, don’t bother with transparent ones, which aren’t (and merely magnify the grubbiness). Make a feature of your war wounds and go for neon – Safe and Sound. Easier to spot when they float off in the sea/pool.
3 . Take my yoga teacher’s advice and lie on my back with my legs up against a wall for 15 minutes to keep circulation and lymph flowing. Massage legs and feet with the miraculous metal Hayo’u Body Restorer
4 . Indulge in DIY Kneipping therapy. Fill one large bowl with warm water and one with very cold. Soak feet and ankles in them alternately for a minute each time, for as long as you have to spare.
5 . Prune hard skin. However luxe your sandals, feet always take a pounding in summer. Margaret Dabbs’ Professional Foot File is the Rolls-Royce of files.
6 . Moisturise properly. Hand cream won’t do. Scholl has a good foot range. Or try The Organic Pharmacy’s Manuka & Peppermint Foot Cream. Keep cuticles well oiled – it makes a huge difference and adds a sheen to nails. I like Dadi’Oil. If in France, proceed to the foot section of pharmacies. They’re obsessed. It’s bliss.
7 . Let nails breathe. Four months of paintwork will leave them dry and discoloured. Try Nailberry’s L’Oxygéné polishes – breathable, and cruelty- and nasties-free.
8 . Choose a pedi with caution. It may only be £12, but if the basin or implements look manky, run! Get a serious medi-pedi at the start and end of summer – seecom(its Medical Pedicure is miraculous) or your local podiatrist. Men, this goes for you, too. Ignore this counsel at your peril and don’t blame me if you never get laid again.
9 . Keep toenails short, just below the tips of toes. Obvious, but you’d be surprised.
10 Avoid walking far in paper-flat sandals. Not good for your back, knees, stress fractures or prolapsed arches. No point in come-hither shoes if your feet look like Hobbit hooves.