Summer’s just around the corner! What are your warm weather plans? Spending time outside in the sun has many benefits – a stronger immune system, a brighter mood, and better sleep. But it’s also important to keep a close eye on some of the potential risks. Sun damage is a common worry in the summer, and unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how dangerous skin cancer can be when it comes to feet.
To help you enjoy a worry-free summer, we’ve listed three tips for keeping your feet healthy and safe this summer!
The sun’s rays can easily damage your feet when exposed. Unfortunately, we don’t always remember to apply sunscreen to our feet. If you’re not careful, harmful UV radiation can cause skin cancer. Wear sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection, and apply it often! And remember – sunscreen starts to wash off once you take a dip in the pool or ocean.
2-Always Remember Shoes
Not wearing shoes can have many risks – sunburn, splinters, broken glass, bug bites, dirt, and germs. We know it might be tempting to go barefoot in the sand and grass but try to limit this as much as possible. If you do, clean, inspect, and moisturize your feet thoroughly.
3-Ditch the Sweat
Experiencing sweaty feet is common in the summer. Unfortunately, damp feet can cause bacteria or fungus conditions, like athlete’s foot. If your feet stay moist for long, you also risk developing calluses. Wearing socks that easily absorb sweat can limit perspiration and keep your feet drier. Another great tip is to bring multiple pairs of socks with you and change them as needed throughout the day.
Want to get your foot pain checked out before summer vacation? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.