Preventing Foot Issues This Summer: What You Can Do
Summer is the time for baring your feet and being out and about more. It's the time for open-toed shoes and sandy feet. What you don't want this summer is to have to deal with foot issues such as blisters, athlete's foot and foot/ankle injuries. To help prevent any of these from occurring, there are things you can do. Read on for tips to help you so you can enjoy your summer without these problems.
Blisters can be painful, as they are open sores, usually on the top or side of the foot or on the back of the heel. If you have blisters in any of these areas, it can be a pain to deal with. These blisters usually occur from wearing shoes that rub on the foot. If you are wearing shoes without socks, the shoes may be rubbing on the bare skin creating the blister. Other reasons for blisters include: wearing shoes that are too small or too large for your foot, wearing shoes that are poorly made (such as having a part of the shoe rubbing on the foot), or from sweaty feet in your shoes causing your feet to move inside the shoe. Prevent this from happening to you by wearing shoes that fit properly, wearing socks that are breathable, and investing in well-made shoes.
Athlete's foot can occur in the summer or any time at all, although it may be more common in the summer months. During summer, you are barefoot more often, and most likely in public places. Athlete's foot is a fungus that is spread to the feet by bacteria found in places such as public pools, restrooms, shower houses, and even the beach. Being barefoot in public places is never a good idea. Be sure to wear shoes of some sort to cover the feet and protect them from this bacteria and fungus. Also, be sure to wash your feet daily and throw out old sandals that may be harboring bacteria from last season.
Prevent foot and ankle injuries this summer by wearing shoes that fit your feet properly and give you plenty of support. Shoes that don't have backs to them aren't going to give you ankle support, and shoes that are completely open except for a tiny strap leave your toes open for injury and could also lead to foot strain. Keep your feet and ankle safe by wearing the right type of footwear this summer (and beyond).If you aren't sure what type of hoes to wear, talk to your podiatrist.
Summer is the time for fun, for dipping your toes in the water, and baring your feet in the cool grass. Protect your feet to prevent issues this summer. If you find yourself with foot problems such as these or other issues, make an appointment with a foot specialist.