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Summer is a time of warm weather and blue skies. People are getting outside to enjoy sports, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities. These are all great fun but can also potentially lead to damage, especially to your feet. June is National Safety Month, so let’s look at some helpful tips to keep your feet safe this season.
There are some basic things you can do to make sure your feet are healthy. Here are some of the easiest ways to prevent wear and tear on your feet:
Wash your feet daily with soap and water.
Wear flip-flops or sandals that will help protect your feet from picking up any bacteria or fungus.
Trim your toenails regularly.
Wear shoes that fit your feet.
Moisturize your feet to keep the skin from cracking.
Keep your feet dry.
Wash your socks regularly.
Wear sunscreen on your feet to help protect from sunburn or skin cancer
If you're someone who’s on their feet a lot, or if you have trouble finding comfortable shoes, you will want to protect your feet from strain or muscle damage. One option is custom orthotics. These are special inserts that your podiatrist can create to fit the specific shape of your foot. This will protect your foot muscles by providing support in the exact places where it’s needed most. Custom orthotics can help with back pain, heel spurs, and other painful foot conditions.
If you are interested in custom orthotics or want more safety tips, contact a podiatrist today. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.