How To Maintain Healthy Feet During The Summer

Posted on: 12 June 2020

There are many memories to be made during the summertime, but the hot weather can make it difficult to be on your feet. As you go out and about this summer, you will want to make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your feet. This may mean giving them some extra attention. Keep reading to learn three things you should do to ensure your feet remain healthy and happy like you this summer.

Wear the Right Shoes

If you plan on walking a lot this summer, then you will want to ensure you either wear some shoes that are already broken in or buy a pair of comfortable shoes that are not going to require breaking in. You won't want to be walking around in a pair of stiff hiking boots that will leave nasty blisters behind that will take several weeks to heal. At the same time, though, you will want to avoid flip flops, since this can result in tendinitis, stress fractures, and heel pain. Instead, you should focus on open-toed sandals that are comfortable on your feet and have shock-absorbent soles. As far as your support needs, you should schedule an appointment with a local foot doctor for a professional assessment of your individual arch and gait.

Stay Hydrated

You will want to ensure that you are not only hydrated on the inside by drinking water throughout the summer, but you also want to hydrate your body on the outside as well. Drinking lots of water during the summer is good for your overall health, and it can help with the hydration and elasticity of your skin. Moisturizing your skin with lotion can also help prevent dry, cracked skin, especially on your feet.

 Avoid Bare Feet

A lot of people enjoying running around without shoes on during the summer; however, it is not recommended that you do this. If you choose to go around barefoot, you should be careful when you do. Sharp objects can be anywhere on the ground, and they often go unseen until you step on them. If you are in a public pool or shower, it is a good idea to wear protective footwear to avoid contracting athlete's foot. If you choose to go barefoot, once you return home, make sure that you use soap and water to wash your feet very thoroughly to help prevent foot fungus and infections.

If you would like more information on how to protect your feet this summer or you are worried that you have either caught an infection or damaged your feet, contact a foot doctor in your area.