Summer is the perfect time to display brightly colored toenails, but an unsightly toenail fungus or athlete’s foot could stop you in your tracks. To help prevent toenail fungus or athlete’s foot, keep your feet clean and dry. This includes wearing flip flops in the locker room at the gym or at the public pool. Avoid sharing nail clippers and nail files and ensure that your favorite establishment for pedicures sterilizes their equipment.
Nothing feels better then fresh cut grass under foot or sand between your toes, but a splinter or other foreign body in the foot can put a quick end to an afternoon of fun. It’s best to slip on flip flops when walking across the deck or through the parking lot to the pool. Water shoes are another great option if you plan on spending the day at a water park, lake or other public area.
Shoes are not the only way to protect your feet. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Feet can get sunburned just as easily as the rest of the body. Apply sunscreen prior to heading out for the day and reapply after spending time in the water.
Flip flops are a summer wardrobe staple, but not all flip flops are created equal. Flip flops should be replaced every year. Invest in a quality pair of flip flops with a sturdy sole and good arch support. Avoid flip flops that rub between the toes and cause blisters. If your plans include a day at the amusement park, yard work or an athletic activity; opt for a pair of sneakers. Sneakers will provide more support and protection against sprained ankles and backaches.
If you do find yourself suffering from athlete’s foot, severe sunburn, a foreign body in the foot or a sprained ankle; see your family doctor for further evaluation.
Enjoy the summer!
-Posted by Kim Zawistoski, DO