As we enter April and as they say this is the month for “April showers”, we know it’s the start of spring. However, April showers can play havoc with our feet as we get out more. This could be heading out for brisk walks, runs or other fitness activities. These can lead to some common injuries, wet feet and possible fungal infections.
In this blog post, we will touch on how to avoid some common injuries and how to spot those common fungal infections that are related to having wet feet.
What issues are associated with wet feet?
Despite being cold and uncomfortable having wet socks and subsequently wet feet can lead to:
Sores and Blisters – wetness can increase friction between the foot and the sock and can lead to sores and blisters.
Rashes or Athlete’s Foot – Dampness is a breeding ground for bacteria, rashes and fungus. This can develop if your feet are constantly in contact with wet environments. Keeping your feet dry can help prevent similar issues like Athlete’s foot.
Trench foot – a common complaint in the First World War, where soldiers’ feet were constantly exposed to the cold and wet conditions, due to prolonged use of wet socks and shoes. Trench foot damages the skin, blood vessels and nerves in the feet. You can prevent it by keeping your feet clean, warm and dry.
How do you prevent having wet feet?
Keeping your feet dry comes down to planning ahead and being prepared for the environment you are in. Follow these tips to help keep your feet dry.
- Invest in a quality shoe or boot that doesn’t allow moisture in.
- Change your socks whenever they get wet.
- Pack extra pairs of socks and shoes if you believe your feet might get wet.
- Routinely inspect your boots for holes, especially if you’re just pulled them out of the cupboard.
- Routinely inspect your feet for “hot spots” or skin break down which can cause Athlete’s foot.
- Avoid puddles and slush when walking. We know splashing in puddles is fun, especially for kids.
Contact a foot health professional if you believe you’re suffering from a wetness-related foot issue.
How do I avoid other common foot injuries?
Test your shoes – examine your footwear before you start an outdoor pursuit. Retire your running shoes after a year or between 300-500 miles. In addition to this, inspect your shoes for tears, wear spots and reduced tread. This will help prevent slips, trips and falls. Also, consider doing the flex test. If you can completely twist your trainer into a spiral or bend completely in half from toe to heel, chances are it’s time for some new ones.
Start slow – if you’ve just spent the winter hibernating indoors, don’t try to do too much too soon. Rapidly starting any exercise program after a period of inactivity is one of the biggest causes of injuries. Achilles tendonitis; is inflammation of the tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg. It is brought on by increasing the intensity and duration of physical activity. Be sure to stretch and warm-up prior.
Avoid Ankle Sprains – April showers create slippy spots. Step carefully and be mindful of the surface you are on. In addition, take a look at our blog post about how to avoid ankle injury.
Finally, for more tips on how to keep your feet dry and healthy this April, reach out to the multi-award-winning clinical team at We Fix Feet.