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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 03, 2018
Category: foot care tips

With the summer season comes a change in wardrobe and footwear. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to offer our patients a few tips about summer shoes to help protect your feet.

  1. Wear them—during hot weather many patients, especially children, love to go barefoot. While walking barefoot in the grass or sand may feel great, it also poses a risk of puncture wounds and cuts from objects hidden from sight. In addition, going without shoes in public places like pools and lakeside changing areas and restrooms can leave feet vulnerable for bacterial and fungal infections which are spread by direct contact.
  2. Don’t forget sunscreen—strappy summer sandals are attractive and feel cool to wear but they also leave a lot of skin on your feet exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. If you are going to be spending the day shopping or sightseeing outdoors, remember to apply sunscreen to your feet. Choose one with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  3. Limit flip-flop use—a favorite summertime style, the flip-flop, can cause damage to feet if worn on a daily basis. Although great if you are at the pool or beach, constant wearing of these shoes with no arch support and no protection can leave you with hurting heels and arches. In addition, the lack of coverage and the flimsy construction increase the risk of ankle sprains, falls, toe stubbing and cuts.
  4. Choose the right shoes for your activity—another common footwear mistake in the summer is not wearing the right shoes for what you are doing. Playing beach volleyball in flip-flops or getting up to bat at an impromptu family barbecue softball game in your sandals may cause you to be quickly sidelined with an injury or with hurting feet the next day.

Unfortunately, foot problems don’t take the summer off. In fact, switching to your summer shoes may cause chronic foot disorders to flare up. If you find yourself experiencing pain, tingling, burning, aching or other discomforts in your feet or ankles, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and determine if your summer shoes are the cause of foot trouble.

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