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5 Essential Tips for Summer Foot Care

Medically reviewed by : Dr. William Adams, II, DPM, FACFAS | July 11, 2023

Summer is a season filled with outdoor activities, from walking on the beach to hiking in the mountains. However, it’s also a time when your feet are more vulnerable to injuries and issues. Follow these five essential summer foot care tips from our Foot & Ankle Center to help you keep your feet healthy and pain-free this summer.


Choose the Right Footwear

Selecting the right footwear is essential for protecting your feet during the summer. Sandals and flip-flops are popular choices, but they offer little support and can lead to foot pain or injuries. Instead, opt for shoes that provide arch support, cushioning, and a secure fit. Look for shoes made of breathable materials to keep your feet cool and dry. Don’t forget to wear socks to prevent blisters and other foot irritations.


Protect Your Feet from the Sun

Your feet are just as vulnerable to sunburn as other parts of your body. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to your feet before heading out in the sun. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. Wear shoes or sandals that cover the top of your feet to protect them from sunburn. Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and neck from the sun.


Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health, including your feet. Dehydration can cause dry, cracked skin and increase the risk of foot injuries. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, or more if you’re spending time outdoors in the heat. You can also eat water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and strawberries to stay hydrated.


Practice Good Foot Hygiene

Sweaty feet are a common issue during the summer, which can lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Keep your feet clean and dry by washing them daily with soap and water. Dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. Use a foot powder to absorb moisture and prevent odor. Wear fresh, clean socks every day, and rotate your shoes to allow them to air out between wearings.


Stretch Your Feet and Ankles

Summer activities like hiking and walking can put a strain on your feet and ankles. Before heading out, warm up your feet and ankles with stretches. Sit down and flex your toes up and down, rotate your ankles in circles, and roll a tennis ball under your foot to massage the arch. Stretching can help prevent injuries and improve flexibility.

In conclusion, summer foot care is essential for keeping your feet healthy and pain-free. By following these tips, you can enjoy all the season has to offer without worrying about foot issues. If you experience persistent foot pain or other problems, don’t hesitate to contact the Foot & Ankle Center of The Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky to schedule an appointment.