Fine, year-round 80-degree weather sounds pretty good.
*looks up cost of living in Hawaii*
You know, having four distinct seasons is actually a blessing and we’re lucky to live here.
Since we only do have a finite amount of summer to enjoy, you really want to capitalize on it. As such, the last thing you need is a foot condition causing discomfort, irritation, pain, or even embarrassment.
That means you should spend a little time and effort now to switch your feet out of “winter mode.”
Getting feet ready for summer encompasses a couple of different areas. We’re talking about things like treating and/or preventing:
Dry feet. Sweat and oil production is decreased in the winter time, so your feet might be too dry at this point (and especially if you haven’t been following a winter foot care regimen). One of the best ways to rectify this is using shea butter or urea cream (40-42%).
For optimal efficacy, use your go-to foot doc-approved moisturizer within five minutes after your shower or bath.
Some moisturizing products you can buy off the shelf at the supermarket act as barriers – they keep your skin from receiving the natural moisturizers they need. You especially should avoid ones that are petroleum-based. If you would like specific recommendations, come in and see us!
Ingrown toenails. Now, vacation and sports don’t necessarily cause ingrown toenails to develop, but this condition always seems to be worse before sports or vacation. That’s unfortunate because an ingrown nail can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Even worse, though, it increases infection risk.
So what does this mean for you and your summer? Well, you should have ingrown toenails treated before your summer excursions and activities (so you can, you know, actually enjoy them…).
For optimal results—and reduced infection risk—come see us at the earliest possible opportunity.
Heel pain. When you walk on sand at the beach, your heel drops lower than it usually would. This places extra tension on the Achilles tendon and can potentially cause heel pain. One thing you can do to help mitigate the risk of heel pain ruining your summer is to really make sure you are following an appropriate stretching program.
Of course, some people think a “stretching program” is something that will take a lot of time. This isn’t the case, though! You can do a decent job in just the five minutes you spend brushing your teeth in the morning. We even have a short video to help guide you in this.
Don’t let a recurrent case of plantar fasciitis keep you from favorite summertime activities – come in for professional treatment.
Athlete’s foot. As we emerge from winter, there’s a chance you might be experiencing the signature itching and burning sensations from athlete’s foot. Why is that? Because the odds are decent your feet have spent the past couple of months encased in socks and shoes.
If you haven’t been wearing moisture-wicking, breathable footwear, your feet probably sweat a lot. This is an environment fungi absolutely love. Much like a summer vacation for you, it’s party time for them. See, fungi need warm, damp, and dark areas to thrive. That is the exact description of a foot in a sock and shoe.
Now, this problem can develop any time of year—and obviously has a high risk factor for our winter months—but it’s not one you want to have annoying you while spending time with friends and/or family on a nice, warm summer night!
The good news is that over-the-counter foot sprays for athlete’s foot are often quite effective – if you use them as directed. In the event you aren’t finding relief, you may need something stronger. We can prescribe a medication that will take care of even the most stubborn case of athlete’s foot.