Six summer foot problems and how to treat them

With the arrival of summer and the desire to have fun, our feet can encounter potential problems that could keep you from enjoying the beach, or at least make you uncomfortable with the looks of others at the beach!

Below are six foot problems in the summer and how to prevent and treat them:

  • cracked skin on the feet

Did you know that cracked skin occurs not only in winter, but also in summer on the feet? In summer, our feet are completely unprotected as we walk around in sandals and flip-flops. This makes the skin on the feet very sensitive and causes the skin to dry out due to the heat and insufficient hydration.

In summer, you have to enjoy the sun’s rays and you can not stop them, but that’s why you can take care of hydration and use this treatment to relieve the effects of the already cracked skin on your feet. One of the options for good hydration is a moisturizer, which should contain humectants, salicylic acid and urea. Moisturizers draw moisture into the skin, salicylic acid removes dead skin cells, while urea hydrates and exfoliates the area to which the cream is applied.

  • nipples

Warts on the feet are one of the most unpleasant phenomena on the feet. They are one of the most common problems in the summer, because all summer activities involve the risk of warts on the feet. Warts are non-cancerous (benign) rough bumps that form on the skin. They develop when the human papillomavirus enters a cut or crack in the skin and causes an infection. The risk is that we do most summer activities barefoot, such as swimming or lying on the beach, and the unprotected foot poses the greatest risk for plantar warts. The best prevention against these unpleasant phenomena is to wear shoes such as sandals or special water shoes, especially in public swimming pools. If you do not take care of this unpleasant phenomenon, you may experience bleeding, severe pain, infection and difficulty walking, which will surely ruin your summer.

  • swollen legs

Swollen legs are not uncommon during the summer months, as the high temperatures cause blood vessels to dilate in order to cool the body. As the body cools, a reaction occurs that leads to swelling. As the body tries to adjust and move blood back to the heart, fluid also accumulates and moves downward, dripping into body tissues.

If you are struggling with swollen legs, here is what you should do:

  • put your legs up on a chair or pillow
  • light exercise, such as walking (to improve circulation)
  • wear wide and comfortable shoes with low heels and soft soles, and
  • wash, dry, and hydrate your feet (to prevent infection)
  • blisters

Blisters are not uncommon in the summer months because the accumulation of sweat can clog the pores of your feet, making them more moist and prone to blisters. In the summer, many people can not wait to take off their socks and walk around in sandals and flip-flops. The problem is that flip-flops are not suitable for long walks and hot weather and can pose some blister risk.

There are several ways to get rid of blisters. For example, while the blister is still fresh, it is advisable to wear shoes that reduce pressure on the problem area. It is also necessary to avoid shoes that have caused blisters. It is important to emphasize that covering with a plaster or gauze bandage provides additional protection.

  • sweaty feet

With the arrival of summer, temperatures also rise, so it is not surprising that sweaty feet are the rule rather than the exception in summer. It is extremely important to pay attention to the personal hygiene of one’s feet to avoid potential problems that can arise from sweat, such as blisters, fungal infections and itchy feet.

Sweating on the legs cannot be completely stopped, only the intensity of sweating can be reduced. It is recommended to wash your feet every day, as this can help you to restore your feet to their original condition. Wearing high quality moisture wicking socks is extremely beneficial as they are lightweight and breathable. Using breathable footwear is extremely beneficial for sweaty feet, as it reduces the risk of treading precisely because it is breathable.

  • infections

As we have described in the previous problems, the risk of infection is also associated with excessive sweating of the feet, since, for example, fungi such as dermatophytes thrive in a moist, warm environment and are very easy to get as they infect the skin and toenails. Wearing sandals or walking with bare feet, which increases the likelihood of cuts or scratches on the skin, also leads to infections in the summer. If a cut or scratch occurs in hot weather, a skin infection can result if the injury is not quickly repaired. In addition, infections are very common in public places such as swimming pools and public baths.

N.D.
10.08.2022.