Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, although most Texans have probably started to feel a little heat well before the last Monday in May. While summer is a great season to spend time outdoors, all of the sun, heat, and water that come into play during summer also pose a risk to your feet.
Whether you go barefoot, don a pair of flip-flops, head to the beach, or dive into DIY projects, there are ways to protect your feet while still enjoying the summer sun.
Are you currently dealing with a foot ailment or just want to take better care of your feet? The team at PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spring, Texas offers a full suite of podiatric services and work with you to create a custom plan to treat whatever ails your feet. In this blog, Eric Blanson, DPM discusses how to prevent common summertime foot hazards.
Think before going barefoot or in flip-flops
The best way to prevent foot injuries and uncomfortable issues, such as blisters, is to ensure you have the right footwear for your activities. Walking long distances in flip-flops or going barefoot at the pool can result in calluses, blisters, or a nasty case of athlete’s foot. Flip-flops also aren’t designed to be worn all day, as they provide very little support and can aggravate plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, thong-style flip-flops are known to cause blisters between your toes after long periods of wear.
Shoes to fit the occasion
If you're going for a hike, run, or even a long walk, wear hiking boots or good athletic shoes. And, if you’re doing any heavy remodeling or gardening projects this summer, make sure to put on hard-topped shoes, so you can protect your feet from accidents and injuries.
Also, consider giving your feet some time to air out if you’re working up a sweat. Built-up perspiration can lead to fungal infections. If socks are a must, consider Acrylic and synthetic blend fabrics, which are better at wicking away sweat and preventing athlete’s foot from developing.
Give your feet some TLC
When you’re on the run with summer plans, it can be easy to skip out on taking time to pay attention to your feet. But an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure when it comes to podiatry issues, such as corns and calluses.
Friction that comes from movement can cause the development of calluses or corns on your feet. If they’re severe, they can even change your foot shape. You can get rid of calluses with regular, gentle filing.
Don’t forget your toenails
Unsightly or ingrown toenails shouldn’t keep you from engaging in activities like swimming, where shoes are a no-go. To keep your nails in good shape, make sure to always cut them properly and wear well-fitting shoes. The nails are easiest to cut and care for after you shower or bathe, as the water softens them.
To learn more about protecting your feet, and to request other podiatric services, call PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic at 832-224-5604, or book an appointment online today.