Outdoor Activities Call For Extra Foot Care

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The sun is inviting. It becons to you and makes you want to go outside and play.

Days spent splashing in pools, catching rays out on the water and relaxing on the beach are great. Unfortunately, outdoor activities can cause some extra wear and tear on the body.

Lots of people protect themselves by purchasing sunscreen, lip protectants and sunglasses. But many will forget to look after two of the most important and neglected parts of the body – the feet.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers the following tips on how to protect your feet from saltwater, sand and other outdoor elements:

* Remember to apply sunscreen to feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles. Don’t forget to reapply after taking a dip.

* When out of the water, wash and dry feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, and apply a topical anti-fungal medication on any cracked or itchy skin. Clean, dry feet resist disease.

* Pass up sharing towels to avoid developing athlete’s foot and other diseases that can easily be spread.

* Take special care of toenails, which can develop fungal infections around damp areas. See your...

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