Posts for: July, 2015
Flip flops, sun dresses, beach towels, and sunglasses...the true signs of summer. Now that we are in full fledged summer mode, all of the newest 2015 summer fashion trends are popping up on Tv, at the beach, and all around town! One trend that will never seem to go out of style are flip flops. Most people choose to wear sandals or flip flops during the summer but don’t know the consequences that come along with wearing them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when opting for a pair of flip-flops:
According to American Podiatric Medical Association:
- · Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
- Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
- Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
- Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.
- Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
- Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
- Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
- Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
- Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.
Summer means travel for many people in the United States. July especially is a month full of vacations and sun! Whether your plans call for a day trip to your lake house, a weekend the Dells or a fun Bahamas getaway, we want to make sure everyone takes care of themselves while they’re having summer fun.
Here are a few travel hygiene tips while you’re playing in the sun this July:
1. Keep in mind that public places like airplanes and hotels may be quite germy!
Consider traveling with sanitizing wipes to clean off those plane seats. A disinfecting spray to use in your hotel shower and toilet can prevent the possible spread of fungi, bacteria and viruses.
2. Don’t go barefoot!
We've seen many cases of athlete's foot and plantar warts from patients walking barefoot so be sure to keep a pair of sandals handy to wear in all public places, including your hotel room and pool areas.
2. Always keep hand sanitizer with you!
Shield yourself from germs while traveling by keeping a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer with you. The best kind is an alcohol-based hand sanitizers in gel form like Purell. Also, it is extremely important to wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom.
4. Ditch the flip-flops and sandals!
When you’re going on hikes or tours and choose gym shoes instead. Not only will this keep your feet from getting dirty, but you will be more comfortable and give your feet better support throughout the day whether you’re walking around sight-seeing, hiking, or shopping!
Who doesn’t love a beach-bound vacation? The sun, sand, and warm weather are always a welcome break from the everyday grind of life. You get to happily lounge around all day with your toes in the water, cold drink in hand, and not a worry in the world while soaking up the rays.
With all of the recent studies about sun damaging your skin, most people have become much more aware of the risk of skin cancer in their everyday lives as well as at their destination vacations and as a result are remembering to wear sunscreen. Unfortunately, feet are usually overlooked when it comes to protecting your skin.
It is extremely important to apply sun protection to your feet to ensure that you don’t get burned or, worse case scenario, get skin cancer. Skin cancer of the foot is common and can be fatal if it’s not caught early enough. Melanoma symptoms can be subtle and can look like an abnormal mole or freckle, which can be easy to miss without routine foot checkups. It’s important to remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and to reapply after you’ve been in the water.
If you are worried about an abnormal skin lesion, come in to get it checked out and stay on the safe side. We want you to enjoy your sun-kissed dreams and have a safe foot experience this summer. Make sure your sunny vacation doesn’t turn into a bunch of doctor visits and remember to slather on the sunscreen before you lay out!
The fourth of July is a nationwide holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of America in 1776. It is a day filled with festivities, parades, BBQ’s, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and more. As the fourth of July activities commence, you are bound to hear fireworks going off around the neighborhood. Before you participate in any fireworks activities, here are a few safety precautions from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
Following the proper instructions for fireworks can ensure a fun night without unnecessary injuries!
Have a happy Fourth of July!