By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 08, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care
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The temperatures are rising and summer time activities are right around the corner. Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to have fun and keep their feet safe. Here are some ways to protect your feet:

  1. Limit the time you go barefoot—we know, it’s hard, everyone loves to kick their shoes off in the summer but going barefoot presents a number of foot health concerns. If you are at a public pool or seaside changing rooms and showers, going barefoot will greatly increase your risk of getting a fungal infection like athlete’s foot which is spread in damp places by direct contact. Not wearing shoes also leaves you vulnerable to stepping on sharp objects that can cause a puncture injury.
  2. Avoid sports injuries—Sunday afternoon softball, extreme Frisbee on the beach—warm days bring lots of opportunities for fun and fitness. Even though the game may be informal, you should still stretch and warm up before play. Wear appropriate footwear and don’t overdo it or you could end up with Achilles tendonitis, an ankle sprain or other sports injury.
  3. Remember to apply sunscreen—feet get sunburn too. Apply liberally to the tops and bottoms of your feet before stretching out on your towel or in your chair at the beach or pool.
  4. Stay hydrated—you probably know that drinking plenty of fluids is essential in the hot summer months to replace water as you sweat, but it can also help your feet, by reducing swelling.

If, despite your best efforts, you do suffer a foot or ankle injury, make an appointment at our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will provide prompt diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for all foot and ankle injuries, infections and chronic ailments. Contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.