Notice that your feet swell so much in the summer?? There are a few quick tips to help us all put our best (and skinniest!) feet forward during this HOT weather:
- Water, water, water. Aim for a GALLON of water per day to help stay hydrated. If we don’t drink enough fluids, our body retains the water and it usually settles in the area the furthest away from the heart – our feet and ankles!
- Elevation baby! No you don’t have to climb Mt. Everest, but even a little elevation of your feet and ankles (think step stool at work) can promote the circulation back to your heart to keep it pumping!)
- Loose fitting shoes and socks – will allow you to swell but won’t constrict. “Diabetic” socks, or non-binding ones, are great in the summer heat!
Sometimes I recommend compression stockings for longstanding edema (swelling), but usually the above tips will keep your feet cool, dry and happy during those dog days of July!
For more information or to schedule an appointment regarding swelling, please contact a foot care professional by calling (309) 661-9975.