Don't Let Lazy Summer Days Slow Down Your Foot Care Regimen!

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Summer time is upon us again. As we engage in more outdoor activities, whether it be long days on the beach, family functions, or sporting events, it is of utmost importance that foot care stays on the forefront.
Summer time is upon us again. As we engage in more outdoor activities, whether it be long days on the beach, family functions, or sporting events, it is of utmost importance that foot care stays on the forefront. Here are some simple tips to use to keep your feet pain free and healthy through the summer months.

First and foremost avoid walking barefoot. Asphalt and concrete baking in the hot sun can reach temps in excess of 100 degrees and walking without any protection can lead to burns. Also, unprotected feet are susceptible to cuts from broken glass, shells, rocks and even plantar warts. It is important to wear proper shoe gear but if you must wear sandals instead of going barefoot then wear them in moderation. I know what you are saying, sandals are staple foot gear throughout these hot summer months but they can also cause many foot problems. Some sandals have built in arch supports (we recommend Aetrex Sandalistas line, available at all our offices) but sandals for the most part are non-supportive. If you suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis the excessive use of sandals especially walking long distances can aggravate the condition as well as cause ankle pain. Also, sandals from the friction on the foot especially the thong type that go in between the toes can cause blister formation and ulceration.

Wearing the appropriate socks is also critical. If you’re planning outdoor activities make sure to wear not only the appropriate shoes for the activity but also include the proper socks. Socks made from acrylic are great for sporting activities because they are designed to help wick the moisture away from your feet.  That will not only help keep your feet dry but may also prevent athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis). Staying hydrated is important, drink lots of water and remember to moisturizer your feet. As your feet sweat the water is pulled out of your feet and the skin can become dry and crack. To prevent cracking in the heels use lotion to help them stay soft and supple. Also wash and dry your feet after water activity. Ponds, lakes, sand, and mud can be host to many types of organisms that may cause an infection. If you follow these simple steps and inspect your feet on a regular basis you can expect a fun filled, foot healthy summer. However, if you do experience any discomfort with your feet, feel free to make an appointment with your local foot care specialists here at Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your feet.

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