Dr. Ronald Sollitto owns and operates Saddle Brook Surgicenter, Inc., in Saddle Brook, NJ. A longtime New Jersey resident, Dr. Ronald Sollitto was named to Who’s Who in Ambulatory Surgery in 2010 and 2011. His area of expertise is the foot, ankle and leg.
Due to heat and humidity, fungal foot infections and warts occur more often during summer months. While wearing enclosed shoes, be sure to expose your feet to air throughout the day in order to dry them out. Nylon stockings are a significant contributor to fungal foot infections.
Unfortunately, flip flops are not the answer to summer foot sweat. Because they provide very little support, flip flops can cause multiple problems, including pain, blisters, or other injuries in the arch or ball of the foot.
Many people, especially children, are inclined to go barefoot during the summer. Walking or playing barefoot increases the risk of puncture wounds on the sole of the foot. Sharp objects like wood or glass, once lodged in the foot, can be difficult to remove. If no object is visible, ward off an infection thoroughly by soaking your foot in warm, soapy water and applying a topical antibiotic. If the object cannot be removed, contact your physician.
Do not forget your feet when applying sunscreen. You can easily get sunburned on your feet from just a small amount of sun exposure.