This summer has been quoted as the IRL summer aka “in real life” summer. People are out in the heat and are traveling more than ever. Not only that, this summer has also brought record highs in temperatures across the globe. The combination of the heat and increased travel and activity can leave your feet at risk. Here at Brucato Foot and Ankle Surgery we have many tips for protecting your feet from the heat!
While you are out in the sun remember to apply a waterproof UVA/UVB sunscreen to your feet. Remember the skin on your feet can burn too!
Limit walking barefoot and wear shoes or flip-flops. Bare feet are vulnerable, especially for people with diabetes, to injuries from foreign objects, as well as plantar warts, and athlete’s feet. Flip flops are great for when you’re by the pool or at the beach however, they do not provide the proper support needed. With prolonged walking we suggest wearing sneakers, or a sandal with a closed back and good arch support.
When traveling long distances by car or plane make sure to stretch and flex your ankles and calves often in order to promote blood flow to the area. Being sedentary for a long period of time also puts you at higher risk for deep venous thrombosis (DVT – a blood clot) in your leg. So try and get up and move around often to keep the blood circulating.
Fungal infections thrive in warm, moist, and dark environments, the summer months provide a perfect breeding ground for these infections. Never put your sneakers or flip-flops on with wet feet, wait until they are dry. Wear cotton socks that are breathable and change them often.
If you experience any of these problems make an appointment with Brucato Foot and Ankle Surgery today!