Summer is a season of freedom– freedom from cold weather, freedom from the indoors, and–maybe best of all–freedom from heavy winter boots. Summer is a time to take off our shoes and cut loose, walk barefoot through the grass, and maybe jump in some puddles. With that freedom, though, comes the need for a good foundational knowledge of how to protect our feet!
With summer comes the need to protect our feet
We put our feet through a lot during these lazy summer months– afternoons at the pool, long hikes, yard work, and so on. Likewise, we don’t often take the time to give our feet the attention that they need during the summer, with so many other things to occupy our time. But ignoring our feet can lead to a whole bunch of problems that could keep us from enjoying the season to its fullest. That’s why we’ve put together this quick list of tips to keep your feet off your mind!
Take Care of Your Footwear
Rhyming aside, in the summer it’s more important than ever to pay attention to the types of footwear you bring along, and the condition they’re in. For instance, if you’re having an adventure in the mountains and you step in a creek, it’s important to dry out your boots before you wear them again– this will prevent bacteria or fungus from gaining a foothold and making your shoes stinky, or flat-out dangerous. Avoiding picking up bacteria or fungus from places like the pool or the hotel by remembering your flip-flops or sandals. Anywhere there have been a lot of people walking barefoot, there is an increased chance of catching warts, Athlete’s Foot, or even parasites.
Treat Your Feet Right
This means more than just putting them up on the coffee table after work– if you’re doing active things this summer, you need to make sure your feet stay healthy. Remember to apply sunscreen to your feet, especially those parts that don’t often get sun-exposure during the rest of the year. If you get a cut or a scrape on your feet, make sure to clean it thoroughly and keep it that way. Keep any damage dry, especially if you’re planning on walking on it! A hot, muggy foot wrapped in a shoe is a great place to foster an infection (and nobody wants that!)
Take a Whole-Body Approach
Your feet aren’t an isolated part of you, as much as it can seem like they are. They’re connected to the rest of your body, and–just like most other health concerns–can be affected by how you treat the parts your feet connect to, too! With that in mind, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated, to prevent and manage foot swelling, and to practice flexes and stretches to promote blood-flow to your feet. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of stretches!
And, above all, it’s important to remember to address any issues before they become real problems. If you’re worried about anything related to foot-health, don’t wait! Contact us, and we’ll make sure you get to enjoy your summer to the fullest.