We have about 50 days left until spring! February break is rapidly approaching. After being in boots and shoes all winter, then suddenly transitioning to flip flops and sandals for their vacations many people have foot problems! Here are the most common problems our patients encounter while away.
1) Foreign Bodies - Barefoot walking on an unfamiliar beach or in the water can pose a problem. Every hear we have a few patients come in with wood, glass, shells or sometimes sea urchin spikes in their feet!
2) Blisters - Don't walk on that hot pool deck or sand barefoot! Blisters on the bottom of your foot are very painful, take a while to heel and can really be a bummer on your break.
3) Infections - Fungal, bacterial and viral. Ranging from fungal nails to athletes foot and even warts. You are exposed to all of the above when walking barefoot in warm stagnant water.
4) Heel pain - Sudden transition to a low shoe, flats and sandals is a very common trigger. Consider bringing your orthotics with you.
5) Sunburn - Don't forget to apply to your feet! Your toes are just as prone to sunburn as your nose. Neglecting to apply sunscreen to you feet can leave you at risk fore a painful burn to you foot that can make putting on shoes near impossible.
Have fun, be safe and give us a call if you need anything!