Summer Blues and Your Feet

As the summer months roll on and the heat and humidity continue to climb, there are certain things you should take in to consideration in keeping your feet healthy.

High heat and humidity = sweat. Sweat, especially of the foot is one piece to the puzzle of fungus. Fungus has a proclivity for moist, dark environments. You take a sweaty foot, more so in the hot/humid environment, stick it in a sock and then a shoe and voila..recipe for foot or nail fungus.

  • Best way to avoid: change socks often throughout the day and put antifungal/drying powder in your shoes.

Barefoot walking: I am not opposed to walking barefoot. On the contrary, I find it to be one of the purest forms of freedom. However, care must always be taken. Care against what?

  • First and foremost, puncture wounds: whether on land or sea (no this is not a plug for the marines), you run the risk of stepping on something. Puncture wounds can lead to infections.
  • Burns: if you are obsessed with walking barefoot there are times and places when shoes are a good recommendation. The sun has a funny way of heating up surfaces, such as asphalt and sand. It is easy to burn the bottoms of your feet during the afternoon hours. Take caution and wear shoes.
  • Along with burning the bottoms of your feet, it is also easy to burn the tops of your feet. It is easy to forget the tops of your feet when applying sunscreen.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience any of the above mentioned ailments, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or schedule a visit online by going to our website. Enjoy the summer months and as always, be mindful of your surroundings.

Category: Foot Health

Tags: Burn, Foot Care, Fungus Problems, Infections, Nail Fungus, Socks, Sunburn, Sweaty Feet