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Summer Foot Care Tips
The warm days of summertime are upon us and taking care of your feet in the summertime is important. Follow these foot care tips to make your feet both look and feel healthy throughout the summer months.
1. Don't go barefoot in public areas
Don’t walk around barefoot in public areas like communal showers, changing rooms, or public pools because they are breeding grounds for infections like athlete’s foot and plantar warts. You can protect your feet in these areas by wearing flip-flops.
2. Avoid wearing flip-flops for prolonged periods of time
Avoid wearing flip-flops for prolonged periods of time because it can lead to foot problems. Flip-flops typically consist of a flat piece of rubber, so they don’t provide the feet with enough support in the arch area. Flip-flops can cause arch and heel pain if you wear them for too long. The same goes for ballet flats, which also provide little arch support.
3. Change your socks on a daily basis
If you wear shoes more often than sandals during the summer, be sure to change your socks at least once a day to keep your feet dry and prevent them from getting smelly. Choose socks that are made of at least 70% cotton because they are more breathable.
4. Expose your feet to the air regularly
The sweatier your feet get, the more likely you are to get fungal infections. Expose your feet to the air without socks on a regular basis in the summertime, especially if you have to wear shoes and socks all day. You can also keep fungal infections at bay by washing your feet every morning and evening with warm water and soap. If you have problems with foot odor, an antibacterial wash can help you keep the smell under control.
5. Remove hard skin from your heels
During the summer, the skin on the bottom of your feet may get dry and cracked due to sweating. If left untreated, your feet can even bleed or get infected. Use an emery board, foot file, or pumice stone to remove hard skin from your feet and apply an over-the-counter foot cream everyday.
6. Don't forget sunscreen
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet and toes whenever you’re outdoors in sandals because your feet could get sunburned if they’re exposed to the sun.
7. Wear supportive shoes
If you plan to do lots of walking, be sure to wear supportive shoes, preferably with arch support to prevent foot and ankle discomfort.
8. Prevent blisters
Blisters, which are caused by rubbing, are more common in hot weather. You can prevent blisters by keeping your feet dry, wearing shoes and sandals that fit well, and giving your feet plenty of rest so that they don’t get hot and sweaty.
The Foot Care Center - Medical & Surgical Foot Care
The Foot Care Center is the largest and most active podiatry group in Wyoming and Montana. The first office was opened in 1987 in Sheridan, WY by Craig McLaws, DPM. As the only podiatrist in northern Wyoming, Dr. McLaws ran outreach clinics in the basin area, in Gillette, and other surrounding communities. In 2005, we added our full time podiatry office in Billings, MT.
The doctors and staff at The Foot Care Center are committed to improving the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. As experts in the field of podiatry, we are able to provide you with comprehensive exams and diagnostic analyses of your condition. We also offer innovative treatments for injuries, diseases, and other conditions of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Contact our Sheridan or Billings office to schedule an appointment.
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132 N. Gould St.
Sheridan, WY 82801
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Billings , MT 59102