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Practical Tips for Summer Foot Care

Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to kick off those winter shoes and trade them for flip-flops, sandals, and bare feet. While everyone should embrace the warm weather and enjoy showing off their trendiest, sexiest, favorite open-toed footwear, it is especially important to protect your feet by taking good care of them during the summer months.

Our foot doctor by Joliet has put together some warm-weather foot care tips to help you get the most out of the season while protecting your hard-working feet.

Limit Walking Barefoot

While it’s fun to wiggle your toes in the sand at the beach, it’s best to wear your sandals when you walk back to the car. Whenever possible, protect your feet from fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot, sunburn, cuts, and other potential injuries by wearing sandals or shoes.

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Many public places that attract crowds during the summer months are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and fungi to live and grow. When these infectious agents make contact with your skin, you may end up with athlete’s foot, plantar warts, or other infections. You don’t want to spend your summer treating an itchy fungal infection or painful plantar.

Wear the Right Shoes

Your feet are the foundation for your body. Improper footwear can cause pressure to be exerted on other parts of your body like your knees and spine. While you may love the idea of collecting a pile of those generic flip-flops in every color to match your outfits, we recommend taking a pass on those in favor of more supportive sandals.

There are plenty of summer friendly versions that boast back straps and arch-friendly footbeds. You can find podiatrist-approved footwear brands here.

Summer Foot Care

Apply Sunscreen to Your Feet

Applying sunscreen is the most important thing you can do for your feet when you are outside during the summer months – and something we can’t emphasize enough. If you are someone who likes to spend your time at the pool, lake, or the waterpark, make sure to reapply after being in the water. Being diligent about sunscreen application is the best way to avoid sunburn and keep your feet comfortable and healthy.

We also recommend finding a moisturizing sunscreen to help prevent dry, cracked skin from appearing on your feet and ankles.

Never Pop Blisters

No matter how hard you try to acclimate your feet to summer sandals, there is a good chance that an ankle strap will cause a blister or two. If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is place a bandage or gauze over the area and allow your body to naturally reabsorb the fluid as it heals. We know it may be very tempting to simply pop a blister, but this is never a good idea, as this always increases the chance of infection.

In addition to covering the blister, try to choose a pair of shoes that doesn’t irritate the same spot while it heals. If it steadily becomes more irritated or doesn’t seem to be healing correctly, reach out to a reliable podiatrist in Joliet to ensure the sore is not infected.

Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates

While these tips are critical to keeping your feet healthy over the summer, you should visit our experienced podiatrist at Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates if you experience any pain or other unusual foot or ankle symptoms during the coming months. Always check your feet for any unusual spots, as they may be early signs of skin cancer or a tumorous growth. These should always be examined by a doctor even if they don’t hurt or bleed.

We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment today!

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Two Convenient Locations

Plainfield

15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association

Bolingbrook

215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association