Sun, sand, and sea are key elements for an enjoyable summer holiday, but they can also be a formula for disaster for your foot health. Even the most stunning beaches can be hiding foot-health hazards. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding some of the dangers and how you can protect your feet.
Don’t let sand burn the soles of your feet. When there is a strip of golden sand in front of you, it’s tempting to run barefoot onto the beach, but that sand can be scalding. Bare feet are easily burned, causing redness, blistering, and pain, so keep your footwear on at least until you’ve checked the temperature of the sand.
Protect feet from the sun. It’s not only sand than can burn your feet – the sun’s rays can be just as damaging. However, many people don’t apply sunscreen on their toes, the tops of their feet and their soles. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that sandals will protect your feet from sunburn – they need shade and sunscreen, just like the rest of the body.
Wear supportive shoes during sports events. If you’re looking forward to summer sports, you’ll need to wear supportive sports shoes – ideally trainers – while at the beach. Sand is so uneven and soft that without proper support, you may end up with ankle and foot pain or injuries because existing problems, such as plantar fasciitis, could be aggravated. To maximize the support of your footwear, give custom made orthotics a try.
Remove all of the sand from your feet. After you’ve taken your shoes off, remove all traces of sand from your feet and make sure there isn’t any hiding in your shoes before putting them back on. Particles of sand trapped between your footwear and feet can rub against your skin, which is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to blisters and sores.
Don’t paddle while unprotected. If you go paddling in the sea, it can be difficult to spot hazards lurking by your feet. Bottle tops, glass shards, coral, and sharp stones can easily pierce the skin. Sturdy water shoes, which are designed to prevent grazes and cuts, are invaluable.
Avoid sea creatures. Stay away from sea creatures that may sting and get lodged in your feet. They can cause considerable pain and many other unpleasant symptoms. Sea creature stings require urgent medical assistance from someone with first aid training or, in severe cases, paramedics.
If you’re planning a beach holiday or you experience a beach-related foot condition, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.