Now that we’ve hit our first real heat wave of the year (at least by Michigan standards, anyway), it’s fair to say that summer has officially returned! We hope you’re already taking full advantage and enjoying the nice weather.
When the sun’s out, the last thing you want to worry about is painful, injured, or sunburned feet keeping you from maximizing your fun on the trail, at the beach, on your bike, or whatever it is you love to do. Unfortunately, we see a ton of people who have to come in for an appointment after having their plans derailed by a (usually preventable) incident.
While we’re happy to help, we’d rather you keep your feet in top shape to begin with. So, here are some key tips to make the most out of what promises to be another great Michigan summer!
DO: Keep Your Feet Dry
Feet tend to sweat a lot anyway, and that’s especially true in the hot summer months. So keeping them dry can be a challenge. But it’s a challenge worth conquering, because walking around all day in damp, waterlogged shoes and socks will make your feet a target for warts and fungal infections.
Sandals are generally a good choice—provided you’re avoiding flimsy and unsupportive varieties and applying your sunscreen, as directed above. If you need or prefer to wear socks and shoes, be vigilant about swapping them out when they get damp, even if you need to do so in the middle of the day. Shoes should be rotated daily to give each pair at least 24 hours to dry.
DO NOT: Keep Nail Polish on Indefinitely
Nail polish may look cute, but it can also keep your nail bed from “breathing” properly and leave you more susceptible to developing fungal toenails and other infections in and under the nail plate. This is true even for clear nail polish.
If you like to wear nail polish, we generally recommend leaving it on for no more than two weeks at a time, and then giving your nails a two-week break afterward.
DO NOT: Try to “Play Through the Pain”
We get it.
You’re outside, enjoying your physical activities, and just trying to have fun. A little heel or shin pain shouldn’t hold you back, right? Who wants to quit what they’re doing and visit the podiatrist?
Unfortunately, that line of thinking has a bad tendency to get people in trouble. Pain should always be considered a clear warning sign that something is wrong. And if you don’t take steps to address it, and keep pushing yourself through it, there’s a good chance you’ll just end up hurting yourself even worse—and ultimately spending longer recuperating.
So, if you hurt your feet or ankles while you’re enjoying your summer, stop playing and start RICE therapy. If the pain doesn’t go away within a few days (or it’s immediately clear that this is a serious injury), give our office a call. We specialize in sports injury care, and we even have a variety of advanced non-surgical treatment options (such as laser therapy and Go 4-D orthotics) that are perfect for active folks looking for fast recovery times and lasting results.
To request your appointment, give us a call today at (248) 360-3888, or contact us online.