Summer has finally arrived and along with it comes hot and humid weather that can make your feet uncomfortable. With over 250,000 sweat glands in your feet, perspiration is impossible to avoid. Swelling may also occur if you are on your feet for a long time. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we know you can’t give your feet the summer off but there are some ways to help ease hot weather woes:
Breathe — Choose natural fibers like leather that stretch, flex and mold to accommodate the shape of your foot. This allows for air circulation and the ability for your feet to “breathe” and move naturally without restriction, thereby reducing friction, blisters and rashes.
Rotate — Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. Dampness from sweat mixes with bacteria in your shoes resulting in odor and increasing your chances of getting athlete’s foot and fungal infections. By giving shoes a chance to air out and dry you will reduce the risk of infection.