With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking about new sandals to add to your wardrobe. Since your feet will be exposed, you will need to take proper care of them to prevent common summer foot problems. Here are some tips to follow. 

Blisters are common summer foot problems. When buying new sandals, it is best to find ones that fit perfectly and do not need to be broken in. If you do end up with a blister, it is best to leave it alone; however, if it is painful, you can use a sterile needle to poke a hole in it and drain the fluid but make sure your hands are washed before doing so. You should then apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. 

Dry and cracked heels are also common summer foot problems. These can be treated easily with a moisturizer and pumice stone. If the cracking causes bleeding, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. 

Prevent walking barefoot, if possible. Walking barefoot can cause many diseases, including: 

  • warts;
  • bacteria; and
  • infections. 

Even wearing sandals and flip-flops all day can be torture on your feet. Look for ones with thick soles, straps and arch support. 

If you experience summer foot problems, you need an evaluation from a professional. Contact Healthmark Foot and Ankle for a Phoenixville podiatrist who provides excellent care for all your foot and ankle conditions. Contact them today for a consultation at (610) 933-8644.

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