Four Summer Foot Hazards to Watch Out For

Now that summer is finally here and the weather is nice and warm, you may be tempted to throw off your winter boots in favor of flip flops or even no shoes at all. What you may not realize, however, is that wearing no or inadequate foot protection is a great way to find yourself needing an extra visit to your podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA.

Before you ditch the shoes for the summer, take some time to review these four common summer foot hazards. They might just have you rethinking your choice in summertime footwear after all.

1. Cuts and Splinters

One of the main problems with walking around barefoot is that it offers your feet no protection. As a result, you can easily get a splinter, step on shards of glass or even step on a rusty nail. While a small splinter may provide little more than an annoyance, rusty nails can prove to be quite dangerous. Protect your feet with proper footwear and you'll reduce your chances of cuts and splinters dramatically.

2. Sunburn

After keeping your feet tucked away in shoes all winter long, chances are they are pretty white. Spend a day outside in the yard or at the lake, and you may just wind up with a little more sun than you bargained for. The tops of the feet can burn very easily, and many people forget to put sunscreen on them. This is a recipe for disaster!

3. Athlete's Foot and Plantar Warts

If you plan on visiting the pool, gym or water park this summer, don't forget to bring your water shoes. Bacteria thrive in these warm, wet environments, making them the perfect spot to contract a bad case of athlete's foot or plantar warts.

4. Foot Pain

On the other hand, if you plan on doing a fair amount of walking this summer, you'll want to ditch the water shoes and flip flops for a sturdier pair of sandals or tennis shoes. Flip flops and water shoes provide next to no support, and can leave your feet aching after a long day.

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to show off your beautiful feet in the summer, you do need to take the appropriate precautions. Otherwise, you just might find yourself visiting your podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA for treatment for one of these four common summertime foot hazards.

Are you experiencing one of these (or any other foot and ankle problems) already? Call Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA to schedule an appointment with a friendly and knowledgeable podiatrist today.

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