Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

"When your feet hurt, you hurt all over"

Although your feet are the part of your body most prone to pain and injury, they are often neglected and ignored. Foot pain is not normal! You deserve to walk pain-free and Dr. Smith can help.

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Summer Activities

Summer brings fun and relaxation for a lot of us; whether it’s jogging along the Mississippi, exploring a new hiking trail, or catching some rays at the swimming pool. Whatever our adventure, our feet are with us through it all, but unfortunately may endure too much walking, scrapes, or sunburn. To avoid these outcomes, here are a few tips to ensure your feet get the proper summer care they deserve:

  • Pack the Right Shoes: Different activities require different shoes, so be mindful of what foot wear you should pack. The wrong shoe can make your feet uncomfortable and that can result in cramping, blisters and other developments. If you know your shoes will be getting wet, wait until they have dried out completely before their next wearing to avoid bacteria growth.
  • Avoid Walking Barefoot: As nice as it may feel, walking barefoot exposes your feet to several potential infections and risks (i.e. plantar warts, athlete’s foot and sunburn). Especially be careful around areas like public pools or locker rooms, where injuries and bacterial infections are common.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water! Besides its obvious effects for our health, drinking water helps to minimize any foot swelling that results from summer heat.
  • Use Sunscreen: Sunburn is painful anywhere on your body and your feet are no exception. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your whole foot, especially around the ankles.

Find more information here and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about keeping you or your loved one’s feet safe and comfortable during the summer. Have a great time!

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