Here at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists in Montgomery, Alabama, we’re happy it’s summertime! Summer is the season to enjoy family reunions, catch a baseball game in Riverfront Park, or take a cruise on the Harriett II. There’s so much to do in beautiful Montgomery County. As podiatrists, we want you to keep your feet safe while enjoying all our river region has to offer.
Here are 6 things you can do to keep your feet safe this summer:
- Vow to never go barefoot. Yes, it’s true that blades of cool grass feel wonderful on your bare toes, but you just don’t know what else is lurking on the ground that can wound your feet! It only takes a second for a sharp object or some scorching hot pavement to turn a fun moment into a moment you and your feet regret.
- Wear appropriate shoes. This is a corollary to our advice in #1. When you choose a shoe, make sure it’s the right one for the activity. If you’re playing basketball in flip-flops, you’re putting your feet at risk. However, do wear flip-flops poolside in order to protect yourself from the organisms that could lead to things like warts and athlete’s foot. If you’re diabetic, wearing the right shoes is especially important.
- Treat yourself to a home pedicure. If time or money is scarce and you don’t want to go to a nail salon, give yourself a pedicure at home! A nice soak in essential oils, a gentle scrubbing with a pumice stone, and a moisturized massage will make your feet feel sandal-ready in no time.
- Be mindful of your feet. A little forethought can go a long way toward preventing conditions like heel pain and tendinitis. Pay attention to how much time you’re spending in high heels; remember to change quickly out of sweaty shoes and socks; don’t live in unsupportive flip-flops; treat your feet and toes to some stretching at the end of a long day.
- Perform a foot exam. Make a habit of checking out your skin and nails for any changes in color or surface. Touch and poke your feet to make sure you haven’t lost any feeling.
- Visit a podiatrist. Bring any concerns about your feet to our expert podiatrists Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts. Remember that addressing problems early on can be the key to successful treatment. Call us at (334) 396-3668 or make an appointment online.