Summertime in Onondaga County brings with it a variety of lifestyle changes for you, your family, and your friends. Now that the prospect of snow and freezing temperatures is gone for the foreseeable future, you might decide to kick off your shoes for a day at the beach, attend more parties, or set out on a weekend-long camping trip. Along with these changes to your social life, summer has the potential to bring changes to your feet and ankles too, and if you are not prepared, you may be facing heel pain, fungal infections, or more. Here are a few tips for putting your best foot forward in July:
- Keep your socks dry: Socks that are damp from sweat or other means may cause uncomfortable blisters. Always make sure to keep a fresh pair on hand and adjust them frequently so that they are not bunched.
- Adjust your footwear: Your feet will become swollen as the day goes on, especially when it is hot outside. Shoes with straps or laces that can be loosened will give your feet some more breathing room.
- Watch your weight: Not only will losing a few extra pounds be great for your beach body, but it will also lighten the load on your feet. You might be surprised that even a pound or two will make a big difference!
- Stretch your feet and toes: The large muscles in our legs get most of the stretching focus before exercise, but the feet and the toes are just as important. Try spelling the alphabet with each foot or rolling a tennis ball under the arch of your foot.
- Limit your time in high heels: Yes, high heels are essential to some party or work outfits, but too much time in them can lead to significant pain in your heels, ankles, or knees.
No one wants to be stuck inside on a beautiful summer day because of foot or ankle pain. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry is ready to help patients of all ages from Central New York manage their diabetic wounds, athlete’s foot, and sports injuries. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, contact us or call our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668!