Avoiding Summer Foot Pain

During the summer, there tends to be more foot injuries. These problems are usually caused by non-supportive footwear, barefoot walking, or frequent exposure to the sun.  Review the follow recommendations to keep your feet at peak performance.

Barefoot Walking:

  • Limit your time walking barefoot in public and private areas. Feet are most vulnerable when barefoot which means they can contract plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and fungus.
  • Keep the blood flowing in the feet by stretching calves, wiggling toes, and ankle flexes.
  • Always wear protective shoes or flip flops when walking around public places with high source of bacteria such as pools, beaches, locker rooms, carpets and bathrooms.

Footwear:

  • Do not wear flip flips for long stretches of time. Flip flops do not provide adequate arch support for your feet and can cause heel pain or foot pain.
  • Wearing flip flops for long periods of time puts your feet at a greater risk of foot injuries from stubbed toes, puncture wounds, glass cuts, and objects falling on your feet.
  • Wear the correct shoes for sports, running, or walking long distances.
  • If your shoes get wet, do not wear them again until fully dried ( this includes water shoes and flip-flops)

Sun exposure: 

  • Apply sunscreen all over your feet (especially the tops and front of ankles). Make sure to reapply after getting in the water.
  • Heat can cause the feet to swell, so make sure to limit your time out in the sun.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day. This will help with minimizing foot swelling caused by heat.

In the unfortunate case that you injure your foot or want to learn about our laser procedure for fungal nails, please call our office at 281-395-FEET (3338) for an appointment with a board certified podiatrist, Dr. James M. Jacobs and Associates in Katy, TX.