Summer can be the best time of the year for the whole family. But for your feet? Not so much.
During the warmer months, foot problems are to be expected. But you don’t have to let that ruin your fun in the sun. Just read more about these common problems and follow the tips to keep your summer feet healthy and happy.
Warm Weather Can Cause Swelling
You may already know this, but warm weather can make our bodies swell. The most common problem areas are our extremities—hands, feet, and limbs. (Think about how your rings get tight when you get hot.)
If you’re not able to avoid the heat, you can soak your feet in an ice bath for about 10-15 minutes. Not only will this significantly reduce the swelling in your feet, but it’ll also be a nice break from the warm weather!
Cracked Heels Can Ruin The Sandal Look
Perhaps one of the most common summer foot problems that people experience is cracked heels. In the summer, your feet are exposed to the elements more often. Without proper footwear or moisturizing, hot summer air can wreak havoc on your heels.
It might not be a quick fix, but a healing heel balm (say that five times fast) can help repair your skin. There are tons of options out there, so ask one of our podiatrists if you’re unsure which to use.
Foot Pain Can End All The Fun
Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors, which means you’re likely on your feet a lot. Because of the warm weather, most people opt for flip-flops or even their bare feet. This may seem like a good idea at the time, but neither one of these options give your feet any support whatsoever.
The best way to avoid this summer foot problem? Choose a supportive shoe option. We offer custom-made orthotics to help with even the most excruciating foot pain.
Foot Infections Are Dangerous and Unsightly
Open-toed shoes mean that your feet are exposed to everything. Not only does this mean that you’re more likely to get an injury on your foot (that could lead to an injury), but you’re also exposed to the air, germs, and fungi that can make an infection worse.
The best way to handle a foot infection of any kind is with the help of a qualified podiatrist. This is not one that you can take care of on your own.
The Most Dreaded of Summer Foot Problems: Sunburnt Feet
No matter how diligent you are about sunscreen, it can be easy to get a sunburn on your feet. Maybe you dipped your feet in the water but forgot to put on more sunscreen after it washed off? Or maybe you just forgot in the first place, and before you know it, you have a bright red sandal tan line?
Whatever the reason, this one is an easy fix. Apply soothing after-sun lotion—like aloe vera—to your feet any time they get dry.
Contact Us For More
Now, you should be prepared for a summer full of fun. If you have more questions or you’d like some help dealing with these summer foot problems, our dedicated podiatrists are here to help. Contact us today.