1. Your shoes should accommodate your foot problems.
    Don’t buy shoes based on how fashionable they look. If you’ve got an existing foot issue that makes wearing certain shoes difficult, then you simply can’t wear certain shoes. Conditions such as bunions or flat feet require shoes with enough room and support to keep you comfortable. If you’re plagued with plantar fasciitis, don’t spend the day in flip-flops.
  2. Dress your feet for the day’s activities.
    You probably wouldn’t wear pants on the beach when it’s 90 degrees. Your body would sweat too much. Similarly, dress your feet in shoes appropriate for where you’re going. If you’re planning cocktails on the patio, sandals are fine. But pass over the dressy thongs in favor of a good athletic shoe if you’re going walking all day in the city or hiking on rough terrain.
  3. Wear your orthotics.
    You’ve got orthotics to reduce pain and pressure in your feet. If you skip wearing them, pain and pressure will likely return. Even if you can’t fit them into certain festive summer shoes, wear your orthotics as much as possible with other footwear.
  4. Keep your shoes on if you’re diabetic.
    Diabetics can suffer from nerve damage that diminishes their ability to feel the burn of hot pavement or the puncture of a sharp rock. Healthy feet may heal easily from burns, cuts, and scrapes; however, these types of foot injuries pose much more of a challenge for diabetics.
  5. Keep your shoes on at the public pool.
    This advice goes out to both diabetics and non-diabetics. Wet pool decks and locker room floors are breeding grounds for the bacteria and viruses that cause foot infections. Avoid athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and warts by protecting your feet with shoes.

If foot pain, infection, or injury threatens to keep you away from your favorite summer activities, make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, Virginia. Dr. Wilhelm spends quality time with each patient and will give you outstanding medical care. Además, el doctor habla español (Dr. Wilhelm also speaks Spanish.) Contact us online or call us at our Fairfax County podiatry office at (703) 996-3000.

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