Spring Into Summer
Spring into Summer, by Dr. Amy Reidel, D.P.M.
The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining. Spring is here and soon we will have our Texas summer.
Although we may not have all the activities we are used to this time of year due to COVID19, we will be
back on our feet soon. Here are some helpful things to remember as you begin your spring and
summertime fun. Sunscreen! Most of us wear sandals, flip flops, or go barefoot due to the heat, around
the pool, gardening, or at the beach. The tops of your feet are exposed. Many skin cancers arise on the
feet and in the nails and can be missed. Prevent sunburns and prevent skin lesions by applying every few
hours. When you are barefoot, be sure to keep an eye on your footing on the ground or in the water.
Puncture wounds are not only painful but can leave a foreign body and cause infection. Different
infections require different antibiotics so you need to be seen if you feel you do have any signs of an
infection. With warmer weather, we tend to see a rise in plantar warts. A wart is a virus that lives in the
skin. It can cause pain when they are on the bottom of your feet. Multiple treatment options are
available to eliminate the virus and pain. The Texas heat also brings sweat. With our heat and humidity
we look like water faucets. Fungus can crawl underneath your toenails and cause thickening,
discoloration, and sometimes pain. The moisture can also cause athletes foot. If you go on a run,
workout, or work outdoors try to change your socks out after so the moisture can be removed and
prevent any fungus. You can also use a disinfectant spray in your shoes daily and spray your shower floor
with a disinfectant solution to prevent any transfer to another person. Women, those toenails never look
cuter as they do in the summer painted all pretty. If you get pedicures, make sure they properly sterilize
their tools and sanitize their spa baths. Monitor how they trim your toenails as well so they do not cause
a painful ingrown toenail. For my diabetic patients and immune-compromised patients, please look at
the top and bottoms of your feet and in between your toes every day. If you notice any changes you
need to be seen immediately to prevent any problems. All of us are ready to begin enjoying the outdoors
and each others company. We want you to have a summer full of fun. If you have any problems that
arise we are here to help you get back on your feet!