Whether you will be visiting a lake, beach or water park this summer or enjoying outdoor activities close to home, it is important to keep your feet healthy. Here are four foot care tips you can follow to prevent foot problems that can put a cramp in your summer:
- Apply sunscreen. If you’re planning on spending time outdoors, sunscreen is a must – and it’s important that you don’t forget your feet. Apply sunscreen on the tops and sides of your feet and even on the bottom if you’re going to be laying out.
- Practice daily foot care. Keep your toenails trimmed, apply lotion to keep your skin hydrated, and make sure to take proper care of any cuts or insect bites to avoid any potential infections. You can also follow these tips for diabetic foot care.
- Avoid walking barefoot. Wear flip-flops or other shoes whenever possible to protect your feet from hot surfaces, injuries and infections. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts can be easily contracted in places like hotel rooms and swimming pools.
- Pack extra shoes. If you’re going somewhere this summer and there’s a chance your shoes might get extra sweaty or wet, take an extra pair of shoes with you. Fungi and bacteria thrive in damp places, so it is important to let your shoes dry completely before wearing them. This applies to sandals too (unless they’re plastic).
If you experience a problem with your foot or ankle this summer, don’t wait too long before seeking treatment. Whether you have toenail fungus, Athlete’s foot, or another type of foot pain, contact us to schedule an appointment or call us at 210-479-3233 to find out how we can help.