By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 07, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
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Summer fun is something we all look forward to but at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care it’s also a time of the year when we see an increase in certain foot conditions and injuries. You can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer and still keep your feet safe and healthy if you take a few precautions. Below are some foot health concerns you’ll want to try to prevent:

  1. Ankle Sprains—does this sound familiar? You’re at a family picnic and your nephews challenge you to a basketball shoot out or friends at the beach want to play volleyball. You join in wearing your flip flops or sandals and there’s that one killer shot that results in an ankle twisting injury. Even spontaneous and casual athletic activities require the proper footwear. Keep a pair of sneakers in your car for impromptu games.
  2. Fungal Infections—fungi and bacteria love the summer months! They thrive in dark, damp places like sweaty socks and shoes and they are spread by direct contact—all those bare feet around the pool make it so easy! You can help reduce the risk of fungal skin and toenail infections by keeping feet dry. Change socks often and use a foot powder if you tend to sweat profusely. Avoid coming in contact with surfaces or items that may have touched other people’s feet. If you get professional pedicures, be sure to check that your salon is following proper sanitizing procedures.
  3. Sunburn—getting sunburn on your feet can sideline you if it’s too uncomfortable to even put shoes on. People often forget to lather up the sunscreen on the bottoms of their feet but if you’re spending the day at the pool or beach with your feet up it’s essential. Don’t forget to reapply after swimming. Remember to use sunscreen too if you are just out for a day of shopping or sightseeing if you are wearing open shoes or sandals.
  4. Puncture wounds—another common summer hazard for feet are puncture wounds and cuts. Lake bottoms, beaches and grassy yards can all hide sharp objects that can injure an unsuspecting victim. Your best bet is to limit the amount of time you go bare foot. Water shoes and other summer footwear will protect your feet from cuts and wounds.

If despite your best efforts, you do injure your foot or end up with an itchy rash on the skin of your feet, don’t delay in making an appointment to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. Prompt treatment means you’ll be back to summer fun faster and avoid a more serious condition.