Life is all about balance. Work vs. family time, exercise vs. overdoing it, pain relief vs. addiction. Every day we make choices that affect our quality of life. We want to highlight some common summer foot problems where balance is important. To know how to care for feet in summer, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of five warm weather foot habits:
- Going barefoot
Pros: airs out your feet to keep them drier, reduces foot odor, allows your toes to stretch out more, plus it just feels good
Cons: hazards like cuts, bruises, sunburn, and picking up infections, and it could cause foot pain if you have arch abnormalities
- Wearing flip flops
Pros: quick to put on and off, keep feet cool, stylish, and they protect feet from athlete’s foot in damp public places like camp showers or pool decks
- Getting pedicures
Pro: looks pretty, nails stay trimmed to make them easier to keep clean, plus regular attention to toenails helps you monitor their health
- Spending time in the sun
Pros: increased Vitamin D levels, warm feet (finally!), and reduced stress from relaxing
- Exercising more
Pros: feel and sleep better, improve conditioning and strength, head off circulation and heart problems
Cons: chronic pain problems from overuse, increased risk of injuries
So how do you find that perfect balance? Go barefoot to let your feet breathe, but maybe just indoors where it is safer (unless you’re diabetic). Wear flip flops in showers, but not all day. Take a break from polish one week a month to expose your nails to the air. Use sunscreen or cover up your feet when outdoors. Start exercise programs gradually, and use safe techniques and supportive footwear.
If you need help determining what habits are bad for your feet, or have a painful issue that needs treatment, don’t wait. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona sooner rather than later and nip these problems in the bud. You can reach us in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 and Chandler at (480) 963-9000. In the Greater Phoenix area, connect with us online using our contact form.