All Toes on Deck: Tips for Protecting Feet from the Heat

Protect Feet from the Heat! One perk of a beach-bound vacation is knowing that instead of snow soaking through your shoes or having your feet feeling toasty in sweaty UGGS, you can lounge happily with your toes dangling in the warm weather, shoe-free with the sand at your feet. But alas, the dream does come with its own set of tootsie troubles.

“Your feet are still vulnerable even if you are soaking up some rays while just lying on your back,” says American Podiatric Medical Association member, Dr. Afsana Qader. “Prolonged periods of sun exposure can seriously sunburn your feet and public pool areas can be ripe with fungus and viruses.”

Wouldn’t you rather spend time collecting seashells than doctor’s bills? No worries. There are ways to prevent these future foot predicaments so you can go back to your sun-kissed dreams and enjoy a liberated foot experience.

  • Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as ringworm, athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other infections and increases risk of injury to your feet.

 

  • Wear flip flops or shoes to the beach, around the pool, in the locker room, in your hotel bathroom, and on the carpeting in your room to limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections and prevent injuries.

 

  • Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the front and top of feet and ankles.  Don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water.

 

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. This will minimize any foot swelling caused by heat and help with overall health.

 

  • Keep blood flowing with periodic calf stretches, toe wiggles, and ankle flexes.

 

  • Some activities at the lake, river or beach may require different types of footwear to be worn so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack protective water shoes or an extra pair of shoes.  Wet shoes must be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent fungus or infections.

 

  • Seek professional medical attention from a podiatric physician if you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation.  Contact a doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating your ailment immediately while you’re away from home.

 

  • In case of minor foot problems be prepared with the following on-the-go foot gear:
    • Flip flops – for the hotel room, airport security check points, spa, and pool
    • Sterile bandages – for covering minor scrapes and cuts
    • Antibiotic cream – to treat any opening or skin injury
    • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet
    • Blister pads or moleskin – to prevent blisters
    • Advil or Motrin (anti-inflammatory) – to ease swollen, tired feet
    • Toenail clippers – to keep toenails trimmed
    • Emery board – to smooth broken nails or rough edges
    • Pumice stone – to soften calluses on skin
    • Sunscreen – to protect against sunburn
    • Aloe Vera or Silvadene cream – to ease burning pain from sunburn

     

how to keep your feet healthy in the summer heat

Westchester Foot Care, located in Yonkers, NY announces the immediate offering of laser therapy in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. The addition of this exciting and effective technology is part of Westchester Foot Care’s continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in the podiatric field.

Laser therapy has been used effectively for many years, but advances in technology have produced “the next generation of laser therapy” with the new MLS (Multiwave Locked System) Therapy Laser which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. With laser therapy Dr. Blank and Dr. Qader can offer relief to those suffering with both chronic and acute ailments such as ankle and foot pain, tendonitis, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and sprains and strains without the use of painful injections or potentially habit forming drugs.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this new and dramatic treatment option to patients,” Dr. Qader said. Laser therapy is painless, with treatments usually lasting several minutes, and most patients see positive results in just 1-3 treatments.

“When a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: a rapid return to everyday activities. We now have the most advanced equipment on the market to deliver these results; results that include a very rapid reduction in pain, strong anti-inflammatory effect, and immediate improvement of local blood circulation,” states Dr.Qader. “More and more, our patients are looking for effective treatment options that are less invasive, have no side effects, provide rapid results and speed the healing process. Laser therapy provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our patients, and offer the highest levels of care possible.”

Dr. Qader summarizes, “We pride ourselves on staying on the leading edge of technology, and educating our patients on the various levels of care available. Laser therapy is the future of the podiatric industry, and we feel our patients deserve to have that option when choosing the best care for themselves.”

For additional information about laser therapy, contact the staff at Westchester Foot Care at (914) 327-3390.

 

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Westchester Foot Care is taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-
19.
– Everyone is screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before being seen.
– All staff members and physicians are screened daily. They do not go to work if there is
any sign of symptoms related to COVID-19.
– All staff members, patients and visitors must wear masks in the facilities (except
children under age 2).
– Our treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected frequently, including before and after
each patient.
– Hand sanitizer is always available.
– Our doctors and staff members sanitize or wash their hands before and after interacting
with patients.
– All pamphlets, magazines and toys are removed from waiting areas.
– For now, we are limiting the number of people entering our facilities.
–> One care partner at a time may accompany a patient with a disability (ADA) who needs assistance.
–> One parent/guardian may accompany pediatric patients; no one else (including
siblings) may accompany the parent/guardian and patient to the visit.