Summer can be hard not just on the body but also on your feet. Feet are vulnerable to catch infections due to heat and humidity.
Today Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is highlighting some of the most common foot health hazards that you should be aware of during warm summer months. The right information can help you make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and enjoy the wonderful weather without putting your feet in danger.
Here are some top foot health hazards to be aware of in summer:
- Walking Barefoot: Walking barefoot can put your feet at the front line in terms of risk of infection or injury. If you have arch problems, walking barefoot or wearing shoes that do not support the arch of the foot can leave your feet open to harm.
- Wearing the wrong shoes: Shoes that offer no protection and support to your feet are a foot hazard. Flip-flops may provide the bare minimum support you need when you are out on the beach, but wearing them for prolonged periods can increase the risk of sprains, stress fractures, and other injuries. Shoes also provide the necessary cover against germs and infections like athlete’s foot.
- Swollen feet: Do your feet tend to swell up in the summer? This frequently happens as the veins dilate because of rising temperatures or if you’re always on your feet. Avoid salty foods and increase your walking and exercise to keep the fluids moving. Remember to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- Sweaty, Smelly Feet: Increased heat and humidity can lead to sweaty and smelly feet. Wear socks that wick away moisture and decrease bacteria on your feet. Change and wash your socks regularly.
- Sunburn: Staying out in the sun all day can do severe damage to your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by using sunscreen. Don’t forget to wear sunblock on the feet. Also, wear protective clothing to shield the body from harmful sun exposure.
Seeing your podiatrist at least once every summer is a good start to help ensure safe and healthy feet. We want you to have a carefree summer! Don’t hesitate – contact Dr. Joseph Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your next appointment. Call us or visit any of our two offices today at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.