Summer is a time to abandon our shoes and enjoy the lazy days of summer. But by doing so, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of summer foot problems.
So in today’s post, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Cassandra Stache, DPM of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center, share five of the most common foot conditions they see in their office during the summer months.
1. Sunburnt Feet: When summer arrives, it’s time to break out the sunscreen. But while people typically smother the top parts of their bodies, the lower parts are often neglected. Be sure to apply sunscreen all over your feet and legs if uncovered. We usually wear sandals or flip-flops in summer, so apply sunscreen when wearing this type of footwear.
2. Swollen Feet: When the weather heats up, our bodies are disposed to heat swelling, commonly on the feet and hands. These swollen limbs can be very uncomfortable, so keep them cool and regularly soak your feet in cold or cool water.
3. Foot Infections: The risk of foot infections is elevated during summer, either because of an injury or a fungal nail infection. Avoid walking barefoot outdoors at beaches and parks or while in public areas indoors, such as pools and locker rooms.
4. Cracked Heels: When wearing open shoes like sandals or flip-flops exposes your feet to the elements, which can lead to cracked skin. Try to balance your time in open and closed shoes. And if you do wear open shoes, be sure to cleanse and moisturize your feet daily.
5. Foot Pain: While foot pain can occur at any time, there can be a rise in pain complaints during the summer months. While going barefoot can be tempting when it’s warm, it exposes you to potential threats that could cause a foot injury. Wearing thong sandals can also lead to foot pain, as they lack support. Wear supportive shoes for at least part of your day, especially when out and about.
If you have questions or need more information regarding common summer foot problems, contact Greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center. You can click here to locate contact information for the office nearest you to book your appointment.