Tips for Beach-Worthy Summer Feet
The arrival of summer brings all kinds of exciting changes. We trade layers for breezy summer clothes, gray skies for sandy shores, and weather-soaked boots for lighter, more beach-friendly footwear. Amidst all these changes, it’s important to remember the comfort and health of our feet. Here are a few foot care tips to help you keep your ankles, arches, and toes in top shape all summer long!
Don’t forget sunscreen
Your feet can burn just as easily as the rest of your skin, so apply ample SPF 50+ sunscreen over your heels, toes, and both the tops and sides of your ankles. After walking along the beach or taking a dip in the waves, use a clean, previously unused towel to remove any water and sand from your feet, and reapply sunscreen.
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least one cup for every 20 minutes of outdoor activity. Drinking water will not only help you stay cool and refreshed, but diminish the risk of heat-related foot swelling.
Keep your feet moving
When you kick up your feet to relax, maintain your body’s healthy circulation with regular foot and ankle stretches. Wiggle your toes, roll your ankles, and flex your arches to keep the blood flowing through your feet.
Limit barefoot walking
While it’s tempting to sink our feet into the sand, long stretches of barefoot walking expose our feet to sunburn and injury from sharp rocks, broken glass, or uneven terrain. Outdoor surfaces may contain hazardous bacteria, fungi, and viruses that contribute to Athlete’s Foot or plantar warts. Slip into flip-flops or other waterproof shoes to protect your feet from infection.
Choose appropriate footwear
Different vacation activities require a wide variety of footwear. Be sure to bring socks and hiking boots for rocky excursions, water shoes for kayaking or long beachside explorations, and sandals or flip-flops for casual poolside lounging.
In addition to packing shoes that accommodate all of your summertime adventures, it’s a good idea to bring the following on-the-go grooming and safety materials:
- sunscreen and antibiotic cream- for skin protection
- aloe vera lotion- for soothing burned or irritated skin
- sterile bandages and blister pads- in case of common foot injuries
- pain medicine- to ease inflammation
- toenail clippers, pumice stones, and files- to smooth calluses or broken and ingrown nails
If you experience an injury or infection this season, see a foot doctor for professional treatment. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating bunions, heel pain, and other common summer foot issues. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!