4 Summertime Foot Hazards to be aware of this summer!
Paul J. Betschart, DPM
Going Barefoot- Being barefoot increases your chance of injury or infection, and it can cause foot pain in other ways, too for instance, if you need the arch support. Wear supportive shoes in the summertime!
Wearing unsupportive shoes- Flip Flops and Sandals are too flat and cause the forefoot to work harder to grasp the shoe leading to foot pain. Wear sandals that have more support and protection.
Germy Feet- Unprotected feet in Flip Flops or Sandals can be exposed to Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause skin infections or blood poisoning), E. coli, fungus, and various drug-resistant bugs like MRSA. Having cuts or blisters on your feet can increase your chances of exposure. What's the solution? Wash your feet when you get home! Antibacterial hand sanitizer can also do the trick.
Sunburned Feet- People often forget to apply sunblock to their feet, which can lead to an uncomfortable burn. Make sure to apply sunblock to your feet and if you forget, you can treat the resulting burn with aloe vera cream or a cold compress.