Summer Foot Health
Summer arrives and with it comes the outdoor activities and vacations. Many people neglect proper foot safety during this energetic season. Your southlake podiatrist shares a few tips to protect your feet for fun in the sun.
A majority of these problems involve going barefoot outdoors. The numerous hazards such as sharp objects, wet surfaces, and uneven terrain pose a serious threat to your feet. The greatest danger happens when you puncture your foot at a public place such as the beach where boardwalk splinters, broken glass, and other sharp objects appear frequently. This is doubly dangerous for people with diabetes who lost feeling in their extremities. The easiest fix for this problem is to wear sandals outside. Do your feet a favor and make sure the sandals have arch support and are manufactured with a durable material to prevent sharp edges from piercing the sole. Bare foot running on uneven surfaces may cause problems such as tendonitis due to the repetitive acute landing. Stubbed toes are not uncommon and may result in injury depending on the severity of the impact. If you walk inside of a public restroom, wear sandals to prevent plantar warts from developing.
The skin on your feet requires as much solar protection as the rest of your body. We recommend you regularly apply UV protection lotion on the tops of your feet if they are vulnerable to the sun’s rays. Walking on sand amplifies the heat given off of the sunshine and may cause serious burns to your feet. Look for a water resistant shoe when playing in the water or walking the beach for a sun blocking barrier.
Outdoor sports pose risk for anyone with improper athletic footwear. Warm climates bring increasing activity for outside recreation, especially for children. Safeguard their feet with the proper athletic footwear, warm-ups, and safe exercises. Review our previous entry a shoe for every sport for more information on how the right shoes for participating in different sports.
The easiest solution to all of these situations is to wear the right pair of shoes at all times. You prevent injuries and other foot disease with the proper caution. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Summer means time spent with friends and family outdoors. We hope you enjoy yours safely!
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The bare facts about summer foot safety.