Summertime Tips for Healthy Feet

People often think about the extra measures they need to take to protect much of their body and keep healthy during the summertime, such as their hair, their skin (especially on their face!), and their eyes! But don’t forget about your feet.

After all, many health difficulties can start at your feet because you use them all the time; you just might not think much about them.

Our top-notch podiatrists and the rest of the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle understand the importance of seasonal foot care, with summer care so important. With that in mind, here are several tips for summertime healthy feet. 

Shoes are still your best protection

First of all, we understand the desire to wear flip-flops all the time or even to go barefoot whenever possible, especially since the sun is shining and it feels so good! But heed this warning: Going barefoot can make your feet much more vulnerable to issues like plantar warts, ringworm, and of course, simple sunburns. And trust us, you don’t want to deal with a sunburn on the part of your body that you use as often as your feet!

What’s more, wearing flip-flops everywhere can exacerbate foot problems and cause new ones. It’s tempting to wear them from morning till night, but flip-flops were more made for quick and easy removal, such as at the beach or the swimming pool, not at the grocery store. 

No sweat, seriously!

Putting your sweaty feet into shoes can actually be very uncomfortable and can even increase your risk of infection. If you have naturally sweaty feet, try to curb this problem with a few home remedies. 

First, shower or rinse off sweaty feet whenever you can, then dry them thoroughly and avoid unnecessary moisture. Next, don’t stay in wet shoes and socks; consider buying yourself some moisture-wicking socks if the problem persists. 

Finally, one neat trick you can try is to put your feet into a bowl of cooled, freshly brewed black tea for about 30 minutes. The tea’s tannins can actually help minimize the production of sweat.

Look out for foot problems that can become more serious

It’s more common to get blisters in the summertime, often from wearing heels during sweaty months or uncomfortable flip-flops that rub against the skin between the toes. If you notice you have a blister, avoid wearing shoes that can worsen it. Buy a special kind of blister plaster at the store to protect it, and try to avoid popping it. Blisters that do pop should be treated with antiseptic spray or gel.

Another common foot problem that occurs more often in the summer is athlete’s foot. If you notice peeling, itching, cracking, and other problems with your feet, don’t wait to treat them. An over-the-counter cream should help you clear it up, but if the condition worsens, come see us at Hoosier Foot & Ankle for a prescription medication. 

Give your feet the same love you’d give to the rest of you

Always remember to put sunscreen on your feet when lathering up at the beach. You wouldn’t forget your face or your shoulders, would you? Don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been swimming, of course. 

Also, make sure you drink lots of water to give every part of your body — including your feet — the hydration it needs. (Important hint: This also helps to bring down swelling in the feet.)

Take care of your feet this summer

We would be happy to give you more summer tips for your feet or to simply take a look to make sure everything’s healthy before things really get heated up! Call one of our six Indiana offices or request an appointment online. We are ready to help you get in gear for a fun and healthy summer.

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