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Foot Care Tips for Summertime

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Summertime Foot Care Tips

Sunshine, pool time and other elements of summer can make barefoot walking a tempting option. But these opportunities can actually become quite concerning, and should be minimized for optimal foot care and health. This makes keeping a few foot care tips in mind important for all pedestrians.

Always Wear Legitimate Shoes

Summertime weather can make it easy to choose poolside flip flops as daily footwear. But the truth is that your beloved flip flops are not real shoes.   When walking outdoors without actual shoes, you make your feet vulnerable to dirt, debris, infection and other unfavorable conditions. Shoes are not for show; they are protection for your feet!

Do Not Forget Sunscreen

You must have applied sunscreen everywhere on your body but may you forgot your feet!

Your feet also need some attention, if you don’t apply sunscreen to them then they may get sunburn.

During the summer they are the most exposed part of your body which makes sunburn more likely to affect them.

Wear Water Shoes

Wearing shoes in summer to protect yourself from fungal infections is fine but wearing water shoes is even better!

Why? Because these shoes are especially made to wear during the summer.

For example, if you are playing any water sport or visiting a beach then it’s a good idea to wear them since they will provide you more grip than the normal shoes.

But that’s not the end, they will protect you from any injuries on rock or sandy surfaces along with bacteria!

Which makes them a worth investment for summer.

Ice Your Feet

If you played a lot today all day under the sun on your favorite beach then your feet must be tired and swollen.

Which means it’s time to give them a proper rest!

This can be easily done by applying ice to them. If you want you can pyr ice in a tub and soak your feet in it!

This way your swelling will be reduced, your feet will get rest and many other complications will stay away.

Moisturize Your Skin

Last but not least, moisturizing your skin is really important in summer, especially your feet.

Before any kind of activity moisturize your skin properly with water or any kind of lotion.

You may need to do this multiple time but if you do this your skin will remain healthy and won’t get dry easily.

This can help you prevent hardening of the skin and keep your legs smooth.

How can I care for my feet after spending a day at the beach or pool?

After spending a day at the beach or pool, it’s important to care for your feet to prevent any issues. Here are some tips:

  1. Rinse your feet thoroughly with fresh water to remove sand, salt, and chlorine.
  2. Dry your feet completely, especially between the toes, to prevent fungal infections.
  3. Apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, especially if it feels dry or tight.
  4. Check your feet for any cuts, scrapes, or signs of irritation. Clean and treat any wounds promptly.
  5. Wear clean, dry socks and shoes to protect your feet after leaving the beach or pool.
  6. Consider soaking your feet in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salt to soothe tired muscles and soften the skin.

How can I protect my feet from injuries while participating in summer sports or activities?

  1. Proper Footwear: Wear appropriate shoes designed for your sport or activity to provide the necessary support and cushioning.
  2. Replace Worn-out Shoes: Regularly check and replace old or worn-out shoes to maintain their effectiveness in supporting your feet.
  3. Use Orthotic Inserts: If needed, use orthotic inserts to provide extra support and cushioning, especially if you have foot issues.
  4. Warm Up: Always warm up before engaging in sports to prepare your muscles and reduce the risk of strains or sprains.
  5. Be Aware of Surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings to avoid hazards such as uneven terrain or objects on the ground that could cause tripping or injury.
  6. Wear Protective Gear: Use ankle braces or shin guards if recommended for your sport to protect against injuries.
  7. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to prevent muscle cramps and fatigue, which can affect your performance and increase injury risk.

Prevent Foot Burns from Above and Below

The sun of summer can be great for uplifting your mood and gaining a nice tan. Yet UV rays can also cause skin burns and damage. You may remember to add sunscreen to your face and shoulders, but do not neglect your feet! The skin on your feet is also susceptible to sun burn, so plan outdoor activities accordingly and apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet as well. Also remember to care for the bottoms of your feet. Sunshine can easily make the ground outside extremely hot, which is harmful to any pair of bare feet.

Give Your Feet a Regular Once-Over
During summer and other times of the year that your feet go through strenuous conditions, it is wise to give your feet regular once-overs. Pay attention to your arches, heels, toes, and the spaces in between your toes on each foot. Also remember to inspect your shoes, to ensure that they are clean and properly working for your feet.

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Superior summer foot care services are available at the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic. Call (724) 375-1577 now or stop into one of our convenient locations around Pittsburgh today. Dr. Christina Teimouri will tend to all of your foot and lower leg needs so that you can achieve ultimate health and foot care. Contact the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic now to schedule an appointment today!

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