Summer is here! Are you chopping at the bit to get out and enjoy all the wonderful activities that summer brings? This article is a reminder to remember an often forgotten and easily injured part of your body: your feet.
Whether you are planning on strolling down a beach, kayaking a river, snorkeling or swimming at a waterpark, a great way to protect your feet is by wearing water shoes. There are many brands and styles of water shoes so you will want to the following qualities in mind while shopping:
- Durability and comfort
- Mesh uppers that let water in and out
- No open areas that could allow small pebbles or rocks to enter
- Molded, rubber foot bed
- Removable insole
- A lining that will prevent bacteria from collecting inside
- Proper fit so they are not too loose or too tight
- Maximum traction on the sole
Wearing this type of shoe will allow you to be involved in the activities you love while protecting your feet. The bottom of river beds can be sharp and jagged, the beach may have sharp pieces of shell or glass, the coral in the ocean can be hazardous and waterparks can be breeding grounds for fungus that could lead to an infection. Invest in a pair of water shoes that will prevent contact with all of these hazards.
There is a word of warning though, if you have diabetes. The type of material many water shoes are made of can cause friction on the skin. This can result in blisters that can potentially be very hazardous if you have diabetes. Please consult with foot specialist, Dr. Sanjay Patelif you have any concerns about wearing water shoes.
If foot pain is hindering any of your summer activities, please contact us for treatment. Dr. Patel can get you back on your feet in no time! Make an appointment today by calling one of our podiatric offices: (203) 876-7736 in Milford, CT or (203) 288-4055 in Hamden, CT.