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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.

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                                             Office Locations

Sheridan Office 
132 N. Gould St.
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone: 307-672-3457
Fax: 307-674-1527 
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Billings Office
3990 Avenue D.
Billings , MT 59102
Phone: 406-252-5444
Fax: 406-245-9043
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Fall Foot Care Tips

Be Careful With Boots

Sometimes, boots are made to keep the bad weather and cold temperatures out, instead of focused on what�??s inside. If your feet, ankles, or even lower back are feeling particularly sore after wearing your favorite pair of boots�??some insoles or arch supports might be needed. Along with providing extra support, these will also keep your feet in proper alignment while you take care of those Fall tasks that require boots, whether it�??s raking a muddy yard, or just walking through the rain.

 

Boots can also be especially warm�??which is great for those frigid mornings, but can cause an ideal breeding ground for foot odor, and fungus or athlete�??s foot. If your feet �??can�??t breathe�?? �?? be sure to wash them daily, change your socks, and be proactive with antifungal spray or cream as one of your Fall foot care tips.
 

Keep footwear dry

The fall season brings wet weather in our area. Let your shoes dry out properly before using again. Wet shoes promote fungal and bacterial growth which can lead to infection and odor.

 

Wash your feet often

Don�??t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin�??s surface, it can become irritated and infected. Wash your feet every evening with soap and water.

 

Dry your feet well

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes which is where germs such as Athlete's foot can easily breed. Then, apply a moisturising foot cream (not body lotion).

 

Shoe shop in the afternoon

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.

 

Managing diabetic feet When the weather cools

During the fall and winter, cooler temperatures cause the body to naturally lower blood circulation in your extremities, such as your toes and feet. Diabetics already experience a loss of blood flow to the feet�??so it�??s important during cold weather to treat your feet well to protect and keep them comfortable.

 

Diabetic socks encourage blood flow (meaning they help your feet stay warm!) through a lack of seams, and being non-binding. If your feet are drying out from the change in weather and seasons, you may also want to consider some diabetic foot moisturizer or foot wash. These are great for keeping your feet soft and healthy, no matter what weather the Fall and Winter bring.