For many people, a staycation is the only option for summer fun, but that’s no problem in our South Lake Tahoe region because there are so many things to do! From renting paddle boards at El Dorado Beach to horseback riding at Zephyr Cove, you can find something special for you and your family to enjoy without hours of travel or the expense of flights. Even close to home, though, foot safety in summer should be your top priority.
We could list many tips to help keep your feet safe, but we want to focus on three main threats:
- Sunburn – The Arizona sun can be blistering, so be sure to protect your feet by covering them up with socks and shoes for hiking or riding, and using sunscreen religiously when they are exposed at the beach--or even in your back yard if a kiddie pool is all you can afford for fun this year. (Here’s a related tip: when you empty and refill the pool, use the discarded water on your landscape plants or garden or to wash your car.)
- Infection – Feet can get sweaty in shoes in summer, which is a risk factor for fungal infections. It’s also a time when you bare your feet in sandals more often, which can expose you to bacteria in the environment. We recommend good daily hygiene: washing your feet, drying them well, moisturizing dry areas, changing socks, airing your feet, and using anti-fungal powders if you are prone to athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
- Injury – We don’t mean just the increased risk of dropping something heavy on your bare feet, but also the possible damage to the ligament under your foot from wearing unsupportive shoes more often. Flip flops and strappy sandals leave more of your foot exposed to hazards, and they don’t usually have enough support for your arch to avoid issues like plantar fasciitis.
There is one time when we say go ahead and wear flip flops, and that is when you are in damp, public places such as pool decks or hotel showers. They may help keep fungus away from your feet and toenails.
For more hints about summer foot care, or to schedule treatment for an issue that is causing pain or limitation, please call Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV at (775) 783-8037—or toll free at (888) 608-8406—and we will be glad to help!