Summertime Tips for Healthy Feet

Ah, the joys of summer and being outdoors. Swimming pools, the beach or lake, and of course, going barefoot or wearing sandals and open-toed shoes.

At Animas Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado, Dr. Nicholas Hugentobler and Dr. Bryan Broadbent believe in educating our patients about caring for their feet and ankles. Preventive care is important to us, and we’re always here for you should any foot problems arise.

Tips to keep your feet healthy in the summertime

Thinking ahead about potential harm to your feet is a necessity when you’re out and about in summer with your bare feet and naked toes. These suggestions from our podiatrists will keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Use sunscreen on your feet

Sunburn can cause some serious damage to your feet. When you’re wearing sunscreen, do you put it on the top and bottom of your feet? If you don’t, start now.

Protect the bottoms of your feet from hot surfaces

The sand, sidewalk, pavement, or area around the pool can get really hot and make it feel like you’re walking on coals. This is the time to wear swim shoes, flip flops, or sandals.

Wear supportive footwear

Even though we just suggested wearing flip flops or sandals, do try to limit your time in them, as they don’t usually offer much arch or foot support. Open-toed shoes also expose your toes to possible injuries, like scraping or stubbing. Wear sneakers when you can.

Keep ‘em clean

Going barefoot in a public restroom or walking around the community pool (or even a carpeted hotel room) can expose your feet to some nasty germs and bacteria, and even athlete’s foot. Wear shoes in these areas, and if your feet are exposed to dirty areas, wash them as soon as you can.

Drink lots of water

Staying hydrated and drinking enough water every day is so important to overall health, but it also keeps your feet from swelling up.

Stretch and exercise

Strong ankles and feet offer needed support for your body, and keeping the muscles and joints of your feet and ankles strong, stretched, and flexible is a great way to prevent injuries to your back and other parts of our body, like your knees.

Healthy feet packing list

Whether you’re off on a summer trip, bring the following foot care items with you:

If you do injure your feet, take care of it right away by coming in to see one of our podiatrists. It’s our goal to help you keep your ankles and feet healthy. Call our office or request a consultation by clicking the button here on the website.

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