Hot weather, new adventures, and new shoe styles make for a lot of fun this summer, and a few new considerations for your feet.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy–as long as you follow these tips to keep your feet happy, healthy, and safe!
Foot Health and Safety for the Beach
Who doesn’t love the idea of blue skies, blue water, and a beach towel? Count us in! And while you’re soaking up those sunrays (with SPF 30, of course!) remember to keep your feet feeling fine at the beach by doing the following:
- Remember that sand can reach temperatures of 120-130 degrees, when the weather is very hot. Second-degree burns can occur very quickly, so protect your feet (and your kids’ feet!) on warm days
- Speaking of the sun, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet and toes! Many people forget these areas, but they need protection as much as the rest of your exposed skin.
- Keep an eye out for hazards like broken glass, sharp rocks, and shells that can easy cause a cut. Play it safe, and wear water shoes or sandals.
- Have plantar fasciitis or need extra support, but want to enjoy the feel of going barefoot? Use a barefoot wrap that gives you the support you need while letting your toes wiggle free.
Hiking Foot Health and Heel Pain
Planning on doing some hiking or trail running this summer? There’s nothing quite like the experiencing of taking a walk or jog through nature on a beautiful summer day. Just remember these tips to stay safe on the trail:
- Blisters are one of the most common trail injuries to the feet. These painful and irritating injuries are the result of friction, moisture, and pressure and are a likely result of ill-fitting footwear and socks that don’t breathe well. Wear moisture-wicking socks like wool or synthetic blends instead of cotton, and make sure your shoes are light, supportive, and the correct size.
- Rolled ankles or sprains are another common trail injury–and another good reason to make sure your shoes support your heel and ankle! Shoes that don’t slip and slide will give you much greater stability on uneven terrain.
- Long hikes are great for the soul, but can take a real toll on your soles! Particularly if you have plantar fasciitis. Use orthotic inserts to give your arch support and cushioning on the trail.
How Hot Weather Impacts Foot Health
The truth is, our feet don’t always love the heat. Higher temperatures can mean sweat (and accompanying odor!); dry, cracked feet; and less-than-supportive footwear. But never fear! Your feet will embrace the heat if you remember these tips:
- In addition to moisture-wicking socks and light shoes, you can avoid sweat and odor by applying foot powder to keep your feet fresh and dry.
- To avoid dry, cracked feet in the heat keep your feet moisturized, and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Have your strappy sandals and your support too! Cute summer shoes aren’t always the most supportive. But by pairing summer sandals with supportive, nude heel wraps you can have the best of both worlds!
Whether you plan to spend the summer on the trail, at the beach, or simply enjoying the longer days and warmer weather from your own neighborhood, keeping your feet happy and healthy with a few smart precautions will help you have a safe, enjoyable summer!