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By Crofton Podiatry
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: dry skin   fracture   stretch   sports   RICE method   cancer   flip-flops   jog  

Got your beach bag ready? Hope you packed a swimsuit, sunblock, sunglasses, flip flops, beach towel, and frozen water bottle for your day at the beach. Whether it be a water park, lakefront, or oceanfront day of relaxation, you should make sure to take precautions for keeping your feet safe too. Here are a few ways to do that:

Skin:

       Hydrate – Be sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration (which can also cause dry skin for your feet!)

       Sunblock – Be sure to wear sunblock lotion from the head to the toes to protect from UV (A and B) rays and reapply every couple of hours to reduce the risk of burning and developing skin cancer.

       Hygiene – Wash your feet with warm water and soap at the end of the day to remove sand and any other small particles or microorganisms that may have hitched a ride.

       Cuts and scrapes - When leaving sandy areas, rinse off the feet so that it doesn’t irritate the skin as you walk on smoother surfaces. It’s probably best to put on flip-flops or sandals to prevent problems from walking on rough or very hot surfaces. If you do incur cuts or scrapes, be sure to treat them promptly to prevent infection.

Shoes:

       Water shoes: A great way to keep your feet safe from injury at the beach is to wear water shoes. It will reduce the risk of cuts from sharp objects in the water as well as help with the transition to the sand and then to any boardwalks or other walkways.

Sports:

     Stretch and Warm-up – As soon as you get to the beach, start with some stretching and warm up. Walking on the beach can be unstable for your feet and ankles, and a wrong step can cause an injury. This is especially important if you are going to play sports like volleyball, throwing a Frisbee, or taking a jog.

     Sports injury – If you sustain a mild sports injury, use the RICE method to prevent worsening symptoms. If it’s a more severe injury, like a possible fracture, get the attention of medical staff or go to a local hospital.

Do you have a foot problem from a day at the beach? We can help you feel better. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to assess and take care of your foot and ankle care needs. Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. We also serve the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

In the summer – our shoe selection is plentiful.  With everything from sandals on the beach to high heels for high fashion, our feet get a variety of cover during the warmer seasons.  Since the winter chill has rolled in to Maryland, cities like Crofton, Bowie, Annapolis, Odenton, and Gambrills have already reached into the back of their closets for that one trusty pair of boots to forge through the frozen months.  While these boots are great for slushing through the winter precipitation they are prone to moisture from the melting snow on the outside, and the perspiring feet bundled within layers of wool socks on the inside. 

Repeated exposure to an environment with high moisture like the inside of our boots results in skin breakdown.  The same effect happens when you leave your hands in water for too long.  When combined with the rubbing forces from walking, your moistened skin becomes vulnerable to flaking, cracking and tearing; the latter providing an easy route for infection.  This is exactly how the infamous Tinea Pedis (or Athlete’s Foot) we typically experience during the summer occurs. In regards to treating this dry, damaged skin generic moisturizers or petroleum-based jellies simply won’t cut it most of the time. 

The following are a list of clues you may be experiencing winter athlete’s foot:

1.      Intense itching and/or burning sensation in the feet.

2.      Red, or dry patches of skin.  Sometimes it may just look like dry skin.

3.      Cracked, blistering, or peeling skin.  (Make sure to check in between your toes as well.)

4.      Cloudy, yellow, or unusually thick nails.

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, I highly encourage you to make an appointment to come see me for prompt inspection.  Dry, peeling, or itching skin could be a case of ‘Winter tinea’, or signs of something more sinister.  A brief examination from my trained staff and myself at Crofton Podiatry would allow us to answer any of your questions and get you moving forward with the right treatment.  Don’t be a victim to your feet any longer!

By Brad Toll




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