The sun is out, the weather is warm, and adventure beckons. Now is the perfect time to go for that hike in the woods, or take a trip to the beach, or even hit the pool. Before you do though, check out these tips to keep your feet happy and healthy this summer.
There are a few problems with feet that occur regularly every summer. Here are some old the most common ones and what you can do about them.
Problem: If you’re experiencing itchy or cracked skin, especially between your toes, you may have athlete’s foot. This is caused by a fungus that thrives in dark, wet places.
Solution: Always wear flip-flops or sandals around the pool, don’t wear other people’s shoes, and try to keep your feet washed and dry. There are powders and sprays available at most convenience stores if you do contract athlete’s foot. If symptoms persist, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced foot specialist.
FOOT AND ANKLE INJURIES
Problem: With increased outdoor activity the possibility of injuries also increases. If you suspect any foot or ankle injuries it’s important to contact a podiatrist immediately.
Solution: Wear hiking boots for strenuous outdoor activity, be careful around slippery areas like pools or locker rooms, and avoid walking barefoot.
Problem: Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This is when your heel is inflamed and painful to the touch. There can be numerous causes, from increased stress on your foot from exercise to gained weight.
Solution: Make sure you wear properly fitting shoes with plenty of cushion. A podiatrist can offer custom orthotics that are molded to your specific foot shape to add support and comfort where it’s needed most.
Contact a podiatrist today for more tips or if you or a loved one is suffering from any foot-related symptoms. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800