Believe it or not, summer is sneaking up on us and will be here before you know it. That means fun in the sun and, for most people, a trip to a beach of some kind. Living in Illinois, our feet aren’t always in the sand, so foot safety may not be the first thing we think of as we head to the sandy shores. Here are some myths and tips to keep your feet healthy while on holiday:
- Sand isn’t good for your feet! Some of us may have been told growing up to rub your feet in the sand to get the dead wintery skin build up off. While this works to an extent, it can also tear up your feet. If you think about it, if the sand is taking off layers of dead skin cells on your feet, what is it going to do after the initial dead skin layers are dissolved? The sand will still rub away the new skin, making blisters that are very painful. For this reason, diabetics need to be extra cautious when walking on the beach. We have seen patients that have such bad blisters on the bottoms of their feet that they need extensive medical treatment.
- Getting sand underneath your toenails can be uncomfortable and can get lodged deep into your skin underneath your toenail. This can cause an infection and may have in some cases needs to be surgically removed.
- Water shoes are great for beach days and can even help to avoid blisters, sand in toenails, and overall protect your feet from sea life such as jelly fish. Water shoes or a comparable type of shoe will also help when walking the beach.
- It is not recommended to take long walks or runs barefoot on the beach. Your foot is not supported at all and an injury can happen very quickly.
- Sand may be light in color, but when combined with blazing hot sun, it makes for high temperatures. The sand temperature can get so hot that it can actually burn the pads of your feet!
We want all our patients to be able to fully enjoy their fun in the sun this summer, free of foot or ankle pain! If you run into any problems, give us a call at 309.661.9975 to get the relief your feet need.