Follow This Advice To Keep Your Feet In Tip-Top Shape Throughout The Summer.
The warm days of summertime are finally upon us in Seattle, so many of us are making exciting plans to go on vacation or spend more time with family and friends. Some activities you might be looking forward to include traversing new cities, swimming in the Puget Sound, or going hiking in the Cascades. Whatever your plans, you’ll probably be using your feet a lot, which is why taking care of your feet in the summertime is so important. Follow these foot care tips to make your feet both look and feel healthy throughout the summer months.
1. Don't go barefoot in public areas
Don’t walk around barefoot in public areas like communal showers, changing rooms, or public pools because they are breeding grounds for infections like athlete’s foot and plantar warts. You can protect your feet in these areas by wearing flip-flops.
2. Avoid wearing flip-flops for prolonged periods of time
Avoid wearing flip-flops for prolonged periods of time because it can lead to foot problems. Flip-flops typically consist of a flat piece of rubber, so they don’t provide the feet with enough support in the arch area. Flip-flops can cause arch and heel pain if you wear them for too long. The same goes for ballet flats, which also provide little arch support.
3. Change your socks on a daily basis
If you wear shoes more often than sandals during the summer, be sure to change your socks at least once a day to keep your feet dry and prevent them from getting smelly. Choose socks that are made of at least 70% cotton because they are more breathable.
4. Expose your feet to the air regularly
The sweatier your feet get, the more likely you are to get fungal infections. Expose your feet to the air without socks on a regular basis in the summertime, especially if you have to wear shoes and socks all day. You can also keep fungal infections at bay by washing your feet every morning and evening with warm water and soap. If you have problems with foot odor, an antibacterial wash can help you keep the smell under control.
5. Remove hard skin from your heels
During the summer, the skin on the bottom of your feet may get dry and cracked due to sweating. If left untreated, your feet can even bleed or get infected. Use an emery board, foot file, or pumice stone to remove hard skin from your feet and apply an over-the-counter foot cream everyday.
6. Don't forget sunscreen
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet and toes whenever you’re outdoors in sandals because your feet could get sunburned if they’re exposed to the sun.
7. Wear supportive shoes
If you plan to do lots of walking, be sure to wear supportive shoes, preferably with arch support to prevent foot and ankle discomfort.
8. Prevent blisters
Blisters, which are caused by rubbing, are more common in hot weather. You can prevent blisters by keeping your feet dry, wearing shoes and sandals that fit well, and giving your feet plenty of rest so that they don’t get hot and sweaty.
Keep Your Feet Healthy And Happy This Summer
The Seattle foot doctors at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington deliver quality podiatry care in the greater Seattle area, including Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, and of course, Seattle. We treat a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including toenail fungus, plantar warts, and heel and ankle pain. If you don’t want foot problems to get in the way of enjoying summer, give us a call at (425) 678-3877 or fill out our online contact form for more information.