Protect Your Feet On The Beach!

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.

Are Your Feet Happy and Healthy This Summer?

Together with walks on the beach, dips in the pool and cooling ice cream, the chance to show off your feet is an extra bonus of summer. The time has come to don strappy sandals and give your feet some air. But with that freedom also comes a new set of concerns. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his tips to keep your feet happy and healthy all summer long.

Don’t forget the SPF. Most people don’t think about it, but your feet and hands are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of your body. And a sunburn on your feet can make shoes feel uncomfortable. Pay special attention to the tops of your feet when applying sunscreen and re-apply as needed.

Wash your feet daily. Keeping your feet clean in the summer is particularly important, especially if you spend time in thin-soled sandals or walk barefoot outdoors. Studies have shown that your feet can come in contact with as many as 18,000 different types of bacteria when wearing these types of shoes.

Don’t only wear flip-flops. Besides making it easy for you to pick up germs, flip-flops can also affect your posture and lead to orthopedic issues. When people wear flip-flops, they typically take smaller steps than they do in athletic shoes and use their toes to help keep them from sliding around. This can cause pain in the hips, lower back, and feet.

Air out your shoes. Athlete’s foot, which is characterized by flaky, peeling, itchy skin, is caused by a fungus that flourishes in damp, warm environments like sweaty socks or footwear. Let your footwear air out completely before putting them on, and wear fresh, cotton socks every day.

Avert and treat blisters. This is one of the most common difficulties people face when trying to maintain healthy, happy summer feet. The best prevention approach is to wear shoes that fit properly. If you do get a blister, resist the urge to pop it and see your podiatrist instead.

Exfoliate and moisturize your feet. A pedicure helps remove the dry skin that can harden, crack or cause uncomfortable calluses. Each day exfoliate your feet using a foot file, grainy foot scrub or pumice stone. Then moisturize them at day’s end with a moisturizing lotion to keep them hydrated.

Drink lots of water. When you don’t get enough water during the warmer weather, your blood thickens slightly, which impedes circulation and can lead to painful swelling. Always carry water with you, particularly when the weather is very hot and drink it even when you’re not thirsty.

Watch out for warts or growths. Examine your feet for warts or other growths. Warts are typically harmless and can be easily treated, but they should always be looked at by a podiatrist. Strange growths also need to be examined to rule out skin cancer.

If you want your feet to be the happiest and healthiest they can be this summer, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can schedule a checkup.