As the long, hot summer days approach here in Queensland, we all look forward to walking around without our shoes or showcasing brand new sandals and flip flops. While this can be one of the perks of the summer season, it can also serve as a downfall to our foot health.
Problems such as cracked heels, ankle swelling (peripheral oedema), malodour and heel pain can be more common. This is often due to the simple fact that our feet are more exposed and lacking proper support during this time.
Below are some tips from our Brisbane podiatrists for keeping your feet healthy during the warmer months –
· Wear thongs with arch support or a sandal which can accommodate an orthotic, to reduce the risk of pain and injury. At The Podiatry Practice in Woolloongabba, we stock a wide range of Orthaheel support thongs, as well as Dr. Comfort and Revere sandals which are suitable for use with orthotics.
· Always use socks with closed shoes, and consider brands containing charcoal or bamboo (such as Dr. Comfort) if you experience sweating and malodour.
· If you are prone to swelling in the feet or ankles, elevate the legs for 20 minutes at the end of each day to promote healthy circulation. It is wise to consult with a podiatrist or your GP if this is an ongoing issue, as it may be caused by a medical condition or certain medications
· Moisturise the feet at the end of each day to prevent cracked heels, corns and callous caused by excessive pressure and dryness. A simple, inexpensive cream such as Sorbolene is sufficient in most mild cases. If the skin is very thick, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist, as debridement (removal of dead skin) and a more potent cream may be required.
· Diabetics should entirely avoid being barefoot and take extra care with their feet in the heat. It is always advisable to see a podiatrist at least once a year if you are a diabetic. Check out our post on the Top 5 Ways to Avoid Diabetic Foot Complications – http://www.podiatrypractice.com.au/top-5-avoid-diabetic-foot/
If you want further foot care advice or experience problems with your feet during the summer, contact The Podiatry Practice and Ingrown Toenail Centre on 3391 3900 / admin to book an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists.