Sunshine can be very healthy. Spending time in the sun can boost the immune system, lift moods, and result in better sleep. However, getting your daily dose of sunshine can also put your skin at risk, including your feet. Luckily, August is Summer Safety Month, and to help you enjoy your time outdoors worry-free, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Summer has plenty of fun to offer; you just need to take proper steps at prevention. Here are three easy tips:
1) Avoid Going Barefoot.
Barefoot feet have many risks: sunburn, splinters, broken glass, bug bites, dirt, germs, and many other risks. Still, it’s tempting to want to feel the sand on your feet. You should try to avoid going barefoot at all, but if you do, make sure to thoroughly clean and moisturize your feet.
2) Keep Your Feet Dry.
Feet can perspire from the summer heat, and damp feet can cause bacteria or fungus conditions such as athlete’s foot. Also, if your feet stay moist for long, you risk skin problems that can cause calluses.
Wearing the right socks will reduce perspiration and keep your feet drier. You can also put cornstarch or powder in your socks or shoes to keep your feet dry and odor free.
3) Use sunscreen.
Beware of the damage the sun can do. When your feet are exposed, the sun’s light can damage them. Unfortunately, we don’t always remember to apply sunscreen to our feet. Harmful UV radiation can cause skin cancer. Wear a sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection and apply it often.
Contact a specialist immediately if you find an issue or are experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help diagnose and treat your foot or ankle. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.