Summers in Florida (or any Southern state) can be brutal. Aside from all of the torrential downpurs and the threat of hurricanes is the HEAT. Heat that just hangs over us like a dense fog. But how does the weather affect our feet? 

Blisters

A blister is a small pocket of fluid that can develop on any part of your body. In regards to the feet, the main cause of this condition is due to friction, like when you are walking along the beach on a summer afternoon. Walking or standing for several hours each day can put pressure on your heels, soles, and toes. In many cases. blisters can form from ill-fitting shoes, whether they are too loose or too tight. When the shoes rub up against the skin, the fluid builds up underneath the upper layer of skin. 

In relation to the heat, blisters arise from excessive moisture or perspiration. When the foot's sweat clogs up the glands, a blister can form. In addition to being heat related, this is commonly seen in athletes or runner who are wearing sneakers often. 

Keeping your feet dry and wearing properly fitting shoes are they keys to preventing blisters. Although there are many home treatments for this condition, if the problem persists, please call a podiatrist to see what your best treatment option is.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is usually characterized by small rashes, red bumps all over a patch of skin. Sometimes they can even get large enough to resember hives or welts. Another sign is that the little bumps itch... badly. and itching them can make it worse!! Heat rashes develop on overheated skin. When the sweat glands are blocked, sweat builds up under the skin, creating the reddish bumps. Because in the summertime we have humif air and plenty of moisure, you can get is pretty easily in places that do not get enough cool, dry air, like your feet.

So what do you do about it? First thing's first, do NOT put moisuturizer on it, you are only going to block the sweat glands and make it worse! You SHOULD: Keep your feet cool and dry (take off those shoes and socks!), get an anti-itch powder for your socks, change your socks often, and alternate your shoes to allow them to breathe. For immediate relief, use some calamine lotion or OTC hydrocortisone cream on the itchy patches. The important thing is to just let your feet breathe and stay dry as much as possible!

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot, or tinea pedis, is a skin disease that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. Usually, it has a scaly, red, raw appeatance and occasionally might have small, oozing blisters and it can affect both athletes and non-athletes. Frequently, it is caused by a fungal infection and contracted in locations where there is a lot of human contact, such as gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools, and nail salons. Athlete's foot has also been called "jungle rot", a term used by members of the armed services serving in tropical climates. 

These fungal infections are enhanced by warmth and moisture, especially by wearing closed-toes shoes in this summer heat! Up to 70% of the population may develop athlete's foot at some time in their life. There are a wide variety of products on the market for this condition, but there are even more options available to you when you see a doctor. 

If you are having any consistent or recurring issues with any of these heat-related conditions, please call our office today! Being unfortable is no way to spend your summer and we may have some solutions available to you that you never even knew of. These are conditions seen very commonly in our office and our highly skilled team is ready to help you take the first step towards better foot health. Contact us as (239) 936-2454 for all of your foot care needs!

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