Tips for Caring For Your Feet
As Canadians we like to complain about weather extremes, but often fail to consider their effects on our body – especially on our extremities like our feet.
Canadians know summer is for sticking your feet in the sand, dangling toes in lakes and rivers, and casually flip-flopping around town and showing off your festive pedicure as often as possible. However, as much as we love all of these classic seasonal behaviors they can also damage our feet, leading to possible blisters, cracked skin, and risks of infection.
When Dr. Ian Russell established Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic as a results-oriented Calgary podiatrist office in 1998, he did it with patient care in mind. That tradition continues now in the digital world. Here are a few tips on caring for your feet as we strip down to our summer finest.
- Walking barefoot might be one of the great joys of summer, but it can also put you at an increased risk of exposure to sunburn, plantar warts, ringworm, and fungus such as athlete’s foot, or bacteria that can cause a skin infection and raises the risk of picking up foreign bodies, like stepping on glass or splinters.
- Wear properly fitted shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room, and even in your hotel room to prevent injuries and to avoid contracting any bacterial infections. If your shoes get wet, dry them out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.
- Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and reapply after you’ve been in the water.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help with overall health, and minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
- Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with:
- Sterile bandages for minor cuts and scrapes
- Antibiotic cream to treat any skin injury
- Emollient-enriched cream to hydrate feet
- Blister pads or moleskin to protect against blisters
- Toenail clippers, emery board and pumice stone for foot care
- Sunscreen to protect against burning and Aloe vera or Silvadene cream to relieve sunburns – just in case
If you are experiencing foot, ankle, or leg pain it may be a symptom of other problems, so seek the medical attention of a Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic podiatrist. No matter what ailments affect your feet, at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic we provide the required treatment to patients of all ages. If your foot pain disrupts your day-to-day comfort, your athletic lifestyle, or your ability to wear fashionable shoes, contact us at 403-247-1961 today.