With the warm weather comes a lot of outdoor fun. People are getting outside to enjoy everything the summer has to offer. Nature hikes, the beach, going to the pool, and a host of other activities are what make this season so great. But it also can mean a lot of wear and tear on our feet. June is National Safety Month so let’s look at ways to keep your feet safe from harm and damage.
DON’T GO BAREFOOT
Having your feet feel the fresh summer air is tempting but you might want to think twice. Going barefoot exposes your feet to harmful bacteria and fungi, leading to infection or athlete’s foot.
CAREFUL WITH FLIP-FLOPS
Flip-flop sandals are convenient for the beach and pool, but you don’t want to wear them all the time for everyday activities. In addition, they offer little arch support or stability, which can lead to abnormal stress and heel pain.
KEEP YOUR FEET DRY
A hot and humid summer can cause your feet to sweat. It’s important to keep your feet dry to avoid foot odor, athlete’s foot, or toenail fungus. Besides using a towel, make sure you frequently change damp socks. Talcum powder can also help.
People use sunscreen for their face and body but often forget their feet—however, your feet are just as sensitive to the sun. Excessive exposure could lead to not only sun burning but also skin cancer of the foot.
STRETCH YOUR FEET
Before exercising or playing a sport, people often stretch. Well, it’s no different with your feet. Your feet are constantly under stress and pressure. Keeping your feet flexible by stretching can lessen keeping your feet healthy and reduce foot pain.
For more tips or any problems concerning your feet, a custom evaluation by Syracuse Podiatry in Central New York, East Syracuse, can help you with this first step to improved foot function and a life free of foot pain. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Donal M. Erickson are highly experienced, board-certified podiatrists. They have helped many patients who have suffered from all types of foot and ankle injuries. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.