Sunkissed Sandals, Healthy Skin: Podiatry Tips for Summer Feet


Summer is synonymous with sunshine, sandals, and a little fresh air for freshly pedicured toes. However, with fun in the sun comes the responsibility of protecting your skin, and that includes your feet and ankles!

Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center has plenty of experience and guidance to share regarding best practices in the warm weather months, and that’s what this blog will be about. Here’s how to avoid common skin concerns and keep your feet looking and feeling their best.

Sun Protection: Not Just for the Beach

Just like the rest of your body, your feet and ankles are susceptible to sun damage. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to premature aging and wrinkles and even increase your risk of skin cancer.

  • Signs of UV damage: Leathery, dry skin, discoloration, or unusual growths on your feet and ankles could be signs of sun damage. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so let your podiatrist examine and diagnose any spots that might be cause for concern.
  • Sunburn: Sunburned feet are not only painful, but they can also increase your risk of infection. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to your feet and ankles whenever you’re outdoors, and reapply every two hours or more often if swimming or sweating.

Beware of Blisters

Summer often means increased activity – think hikes, beach walks, and days spent exploring amusement parks. That means that friction from new or ill-fitting sandals can lead to painful blisters. Here are some tips to prevent them:

  • Break in new shoes gradually: Don’t wear new sandals all day on the first outing.
  • Choose moisture-wicking socks: These can help keep your feet dry and reduce friction.
  • Apply anti-blister balm: This can create a protective barrier on areas prone to blistering.

By following these tips and consulting your podiatrist for any concerns, you can ensure your feet stay healthy and summer-ready all season long!

If you’re struggling with skincare complications on your feet or ankles, we’d love to assist you. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are ready to help you step forward on sturdier, pain-free feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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