It’s springtime in Texas, which means hot weather is just weeks away. While you’re shedding your winter layers and enjoying the outdoors during these warmer, longer days, make sure you’re also giving your feet the attention they need to prevent injuries and conditions this spring and summer.
Foot Care at the Pool
There’s nothing more refreshing than taking your first outdoor swim of the season. The pool can be lots of fun but there are also lots of opportunities for injury. When you’re at the pool make sure to:
Wear flip flops on the pool deck – viruses and fungi that cause plantar warts and athlete’s foot thrive on the warm moist ground around pools
Walk! – Slipping on the wet ground could result in a sprained ankle or foot fracture
Wear plenty of sunscreen – when you’re applying sunscreen to the rest of your body, remember to rub some on the tops of your feet, too
Foot Care for Athletes
With cold days behind us, there’s never a better time to get out and play your favorite sport. Make sure to give your feet and ankles the support they need to stay in the game.
Drink plenty of water – this is important for so many reasons in the hot months, and will keep your feet (and other muscles) from cramping on the court
Stretch – stretching your feet before playing can prevent plantar fasciitis or Achilles’ tendonitis
Support your arches – wearing custom orthotics will protect you from overuse and trauma injuries
Foot Care for Diabetics
People living with diabetes always need to pay a little extra attention to their foot health, and the spring and summer months are no exception.
Never go barefoot – avoid walking outside without shoes to prevent developing ulcers or wounds
Change those sweaty socks – wet feet can be dangerous, so make sure to change your socks after being in the hot sun
Examine your feet – check your feet daily for any abnormalities and communicate them to your foot doctor immediately
The start of a new season is a great time to start a new relationship with a podiatrist. At The Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our board-certified doctors are ready to help you make the most of the warm weather. We conveniently offer eight locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call today at (281) 444-4114.