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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!

Summer Activities and Your Feet

Summer is the time for outdoor activities, jogging along the Mississippi and having a barbecue in the backyard. Protecting our feet is key in spending a fun summer weekend with friends and family.

Feeling the summer breeze on your bare feet is certainly liberating; however, it exposes the feet to the sun and potentially harmful surfaces. Applying sunscreen has never hurt anybody and being mindful of hot surfaces reduces any risks for humans and pets alike.

Many public baths and hotels offer feet showers to disinfect against warts and other culprits. Wearing flip-flops in public locker rooms, but also on hotel rooms’ carpet, can prevent bacterial infection and injuries.

And although we all already know it, it cannot be repeated enough: drink plenty of water. Especially kids… they are usually not aware of the effects of playing in the heat and can quickly dehydrate which can result in dizziness. Foot swelling can additionally indicate insufficient intake of water.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question about keeping you and your kids’ feet safe during the summer. We wish you a fun time with family and friends!

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Couple lying on grass outdoors in spring park

Couple lying on grass outdoors in spring park

Don’t forget the sunscreen for your feet

feetinsandCases of Skin Cancer are on the rise, and many people don’t include their feet as potential targets. It is important to remember to include the tops of your feet when applying sunscreen. The skin on top of your feet is very sensitive and vulnerable to burn.

Be sure to use an SPF value of 15 or higher and re-apply frequently. If you prefer a more natural approach; there are now tinted mineralized zinc products available. Seek out your local natural food and products store for more information. By all means DO NOT apply a sunscreen that has expired. Once this product reaches its expiration mark; the formulation designed to protect you has fallen apart. In many cases it can even lead to additional issues such as skin irritation and rash.

Summer is the best time to show off those happy and healthy feet. Make sure you do so responsibly.