08 Nov Healthy Feet for Summer
Summer’s here and it’s time to give your feet the extra care and attention they deserve as you make the most of the warm weather. From fungal nail infections and athlete’s foot to skin cancer prevention, our podiatrists share their essential tips for keeping your feet healthy and happy all season long.
Prevent Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, are common during the summer months due to increased exposure to warm and damp environments. Public pools, gyms, and communal showers can be breeding grounds for fungi, making it crucial to take preventative measures.
- Keep feet clean and dry: After spending time in damp conditions such as a swimming pool, thoroughly dry your feet, paying special attention to the spaces between toes
- Choose breathable footwear: Opt for shoes made from natural materials like leather or canvas, which allow for better air circulation
- Avoid sharing personal items: Fungal infections can spread easily, so refrain from sharing nail clippers, shoes, or towels with others
If you’ve developed a fungal nail infection, our podiatrists are here to help. For years, the only treatments available for toenail fungus were topical and oral medications, or removal of the nail. However, footinjuryclinic has pioneered the use of Lunula Laser – a new treatment to eliminate fungal nail infections. It is a non-thermal, non-invasive, pain-free procedure that often results in new nail growth in as little as six months.
Wear Sunscreen on Your Feet
While most Australians are diligent about applying sunscreen on our faces, we often neglect our feet. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, making it essential to protect this often overlooked area. Melanomas can occur on your foot’s skin, soles and even beneath a toenail. As a melanoma grows and extends deeper into the skin, it may spread through the body through the lymphatics and blood vessels.
- Apply sunscreen to your feet: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 and remember to reapply every two hours, especially after swimming
- Focus on high-risk areas: Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, around the ankles, and between the toes
Don’t Wear Thongs All Summer
Although thongs are synonymous with summer, our podiatrists say they may not be the best choice for prolonged wear all summer-long since they lack arch support and can lead to various foot problems:
- Arch pain and flat feet: The lack of arch support can strain the plantar fascia, leading to pain and discomfort
- Toe problems: Constant gripping to keep thongs in place can lead to issues like hammertoes or overuse injuries
- Pronation issues: The flat, unstable sole can lead to an altered gait, potentially causing alignment problems in the long run
Instead, consider wearing sandals with straps across the back and top of the foot and shoes with adequate arch support.
Taking steps to look after your feet through summer will set the foundation for a lifetime of happy, healthy feet. If you ever find yourself facing any foot-related concerns, don’t hesitate to consult our podiatrists for professional guidance and treatment. Book an appointment online OR call our clinics: