Summer can be one of the roughest seasons on your feet. Take the right steps in protecting your feet in the summer with our tips below!
1) Avoid going barefoot
Walking barefoot on hot surfaces can cause a burn injury, especially if you have a condition that limits your sensation to the bottom of your foot, such as diabetic neuropathy, you may not even notice that the surface is too hot to walk on.
Diabetic patients with neuropathy should never be walking barefoot regardless of the weather. Walking barefoot also exposes you to fungus or warts, especially in public spaces like the community pool or public showers. Water shoes can help protect your feet at the beach, lake or ocean.
2) Make sure your shoes are appropriate for what you are doing
Wearing flip-flops at the pool, gym, or other public spaces can be useful in preventing fungus or warts from infecting your skin. However, make sure you wear proper shoes if you’re playing a sport or when you know will be on your feet for a prolonged period of time, like at an amusement park or county fair.
Many flip-flops and sandals do not have the proper support and can make your feet very sore. They also offer little or no protection from any kind of impact which can make cracks in a sidewalk and curbs pretty darn painful obstacles.
3) Apply sunscreen to your feet
As with all areas of skin on your body, remember to protect the skin on your feet from the sun by applying sunscreen all over your feet. AND DON’T FORGET THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET! They too may be exposed to the sun if you are sitting on the beach and they are especially unprepared for the ravages of the sun.
And remember to reapply sunscreen if you’ve been in the water. Applying sunscreen can help prevent skin cancers that can arise from too much sun exposure.
4) Moisturize your feet
The heat can cause dryness and cracking of your skin. Using a good moisturizing cream can give the moisture that your skin needs to stay healthy. Dry and cracked skin, can lead to openings in your skin that can cause infections and pain. Trust me, it isn’t pretty.
5) Avoid moisture in your shoes
When the heat comes, your feet are bound to sweat. This can cause a moist environment in your shoe, making it the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Socks that wick moisture away from the skin and shoes that are breathable, can help reduce the amount of moisture that builds up around your feet.
Another great tip is to remove the insoles (or your orthotics) in your shoes after you work out or play sports. This will help dry them out before you use them again. Make sure you wash your feet regularly, especially after any heavy activity.
6) Seek help if your foot hurts or you have any foot concerns
If your foot hurts, or you injure your foot, make sure you promptly seek professional treatment. Soreness in your feet may cause you to compensate and can potentially cause additional problems or issues.
Many things, such as warts, and fungus, can be treated easily and quickly before they become worse and harder to treat. Blisters that develop from improper footwear or the heat, especially in a diabetic patient, should be treated quickly before they get worse.
Now get out there and have some fun!
He then went on to complete his surgical reconstruction fellowship with the University Foot and Ankle Institute, one of only a few fellowships recognized by the American College Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Now playing an integral role at the University Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Yau’s treats various sports injuries, including sprains, arthritis and fractures. He also is passionate about helping diabetic patients avoid amputation through correction of deformities and wound healing.
Dr. Yau is available for consultation at our Simi Valley location.
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