Foot Care in Hot Climates
Hot and arid climates can take a toll on your feet. Not looking after your feet when abroad in hot and arid climates can cause all sorts of problems.
From local infections to blisters and foot and ankle pain. In this blog we will be talking about how to look after your feet in hot and dry climates.
Looking after your feet when in hot and dry climates is so important to enjoying yourself and keeping active when abroad. Getting a painful foot can stop you doing all the activities you had planned for your holiday and can make for a miserable time when you least want that.
Flip flops are the most basic type of foot protection and are particularly not recommended when walking any amount of distance. It is very easy to sprain your ankle, get forefoot pain but also get blisters or friction burns from simple rubber flip flops. A ‘gladiator sandal’, a sandal with adjustable straps across the foot is a better option. If the sole is a little thicker and more built up you will protect the foot from overuse injuries if walking any distance. Walking sandals are your best option for comfort and support.
The most obvious injury is sun related burns. Remember to put sun factor on the tops of your feet – this is easily forgotten and bitterly regretted in the evening!!
If you have dry skin already applying a urea based foot cream daily such as ccs foot cream or flexitol can prevent your feet from getting painful cracks that can lead to infection and pain.
Feet that get blisters and cuts should be cleaned and a dressing changed every day to stop dust and dirt getting to the exposed underlying skin.
Calluses and corns: make sure you see your podiatrist before you go, or if you can self treat, use a pumice stone and daily foot cream to reduce hard skin. Cracked heels can often be the result of a fungal infection. See your podiatrist if you do.
Keeping your feet free from insect bites is important. Especially in the evening when you’re wearing sandals, and the weather starts to cool bringing the insects out. An insect repellent is advisable, preferably not containing DEET (toxic and also stains clothes if has a high percentage). Itching these later will cause breaks in the skin and is a potential source for infection.
Swelling of the Legs
Being in hotter climates causes the blood vessels to dilate. This is to help cool your body. However this can make your legs and feet swell, especially if you have a heart or kidney condition or you are pregnant.
Below are some points to consider if this applied to you
- Soak your feet in Epsom Salt daily
- Elevate your feet when your resting
- Magnesium and B6 can help (speak to your doctor first before taking)
- Reduce salt intake in your food
- Wear compression stockings. Even simple flight socks from the pharmacy can add that little bit of compression to stop your feet and legs from swelling
- Massage and movement – both help for swelling. Gentle exercises help to reduce swelling
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