As summer approaches many people look forward to kicking off their shoes and going barefoot but this is not without risk. At Texas Foot Specialists we want to remind out patients of some of the risks of going barefoot and how to protect your feet.
- Keep up to date on your tetanus shots. It’s recommended that adults and teens get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Going barefoot significantly increases your risk of a puncture wound or laceration from stepping on a sharp or pointed object. Infection is another concern, even with a minor cut on your foot. Be sure to clean and treat with an antibiotic ointment and a bandage immediately if you get a cut on your foot. See one of our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller or Dr. Gregory Mangum within 24 hours if you get a puncture wound—debris may be stuck deep inside your foot.
- Apply sunscreen. The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer as anywhere else on your body. If you’re at the beach, remember to put sunscreen on the bottoms of your feet as well. Be sure to inspect your feet and your children’s feet regularly to check for freckles and unusual spots or changes in the skin of your feet.
- Avoid fungi and bacteria hotspots. If your warm weather plans include time by a public pool or lake club or beach, beware that damp places are prime areas for bacteria, fungi and viruses that can cause common foot conditions such as athlete’s foot, warts and fungal toenails. Flip flops are advised when walking in these areas. Avoid sharing towels, shoes and other items that might touch another person’s feet.
- Know when barefoot is a bad idea. Certain settings and activities (lawn mowing, campfires, etc.) open the door to accidents and injury.
Despite your best attempts at protecting your feet, accidents and injuries happen. If you are injured or just notice something unusual about your feet, skin or toenails, contact our Pasadena, Sugar Land or Houston office for an appointment.