4 Summertime Foot Hazards to be aware of this summer!

  1. 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!
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Beach Foot Dangers

Going barefoot on the beach is fun but can be dangerous. Here are some risks to be aware of

Not just for Toads

The most common virus affecting the foot is the wart virus or verruca plantaris. From an early age to the senior years some people are susceptible to the pesky wart virus. They occur mostly on the hands and feet.

The secret to children's foot health!

Podiatrists are experts in treating children and teens. Podiatrists keep America’s kids active by keeping them on their feet and in the game. Children’s feet are still developing, and they are susceptible to a variety of conditions as they grow.

A corn that's fixin to pop!

Corns are very common foot complaint that have been around since people started wearing closed shoes. Corns and callouses form in areas of friction or pressure as the body attempts to protect the skin.