During the warmer months, problems with our feet are likely. But they don’t have to ruin your fun in the sun. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares information about some common summer foot problems and tips to keep your summer feet happy and healthy.
Cracked Heels: Cracked heels are one of the most common summer foot problems people experience. Without moisturizing and proper footwear, hot summer air can damage your heels. A healing balm can repair your skin. Ask your podiatrist if you’re unsure which one to use.
Foot Pain: Most people spend a lot of time on their feet during the summer months. When the weather is warmer, many people choose to wear flip-flops or even no footwear. But neither one of these options give your feet the proper support. To avoid this, wear supportive shoes; we offer custom orthotics to help with even the worst foot pain.
Swelling: As you probably know, hot weather can cause swelling in our bodies, especially our feet, hands, feet, and limbs. If you can’t avoid the heat, you can immerse your feet in an ice bath for 10-15 minutes. Doing so reduces the swelling in your feet while giving them a nice break from the warm temperatures!
Foot Infections: When you wear open-toed shoes, you are exposing your feet to all types of dangers. Not only are you more likely to injure your foot, but you’re exposing your body to germs and fungi that can worsen an infection. The best way to handle any foot infection is with the help of a podiatrist.
Sunburnt Feet: Regardless of how conscientious you are about applying sunscreen, it can be easy to get a sunburn on your feet. When putting on your sunscreen, don’t forget the tops of your feet! If they do burn, apply soothing lotion, like aloe vera, to your feet when they are dry.
Hopefully, now you’re ready for a summer full of fun in the sun. If you need some help dealing with these summer foot problems, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.