• Foot Care Tips for Summer

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Jun 8th, 2016

When summer comes, you’re probably thinking about vacations, barbecues, beaches, and more. But when you’re having your fun in the sun, don’t neglect your feet – or you may pay for it with pain, injuries, and other foot problems. Keep these simple and easy tips in mind as you enjoy the summer months.

Save Bare Feet for Swimming 

Many people love to walk around barefoot once the mercury rises, but you could be inviting problems by skipping your shoes. Bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other germs are everywhere, and if you have even a tiny cut on your foot, you could be inviting an unwanted visitor into your body. You could also burn your feet if you’re walking near a grill or campfire, or on a hot rubber surface or synthetic decking material, which can easily reach over 100 degrees on a sunny day.
 
Invest in a comfortable and supportive pair of summer shoes, and use them whenever you’re outside.

Use Flip Flops Safely

Flip flops are extremely popular summer footwear. Although they shouldn’t be your everyday go-to footwear, you don’t have to avoid them completely. Here’s how to wear them and be kind to your feet:

Protect Your Feet from the Sun

If any of the skin on your feet is exposed to the sun, it needs sunscreen – just like the rest of your body. In fact, the tops of the feet are a very common area where people get sunburned. Apply an SPF of at least 30 anytime you go outside, and reapply at least every two hours – or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Stay Hydrated for Healthy Feet

Your body needs plenty of water each day, and this is especially true if you’ve been out in the sun and sweating. Make sure you drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages, especially water, throughout the day. This will keep your feet from swelling and your muscles well hydrated for fewer cramps.

Let Your Shoes Dry

If you put on a pair of wet shoes, you’re inviting bacteria and fungus to grow. This can lead to foot odor, toenail fungus, and other problems. If you plan on getting your shoes wet, have a dry pair on hand to wear while the others dry out.

Healthy Foot Care is Always in Season

Your feet will take you to all your fun summer outings – so be kind to them. Give them the support and protection they need so you can enjoy the summer without foot pain, fungus, or other problems.

Foot pain, infections, and other issues can be addressed by a qualified podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Jeffery LaMour to get your feet in their best possible condition!

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-care/foot-care-tips-for-summer/

Author Dr. LaMour

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