Yeargain Foot & Ankle

Protect Your Feet This Summer: Beach and Pool Safety Tips

Summer is here, and that means more time spent at pools, lakes, and beaches. While these activities are a great way to stay cool and have fun, they can also pose some risks to your foot health. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we want to help our Dallas patients enjoy the summer safely. Here are some tips to protect your feet from common infections and injuries that can occur in public swimming areas.

Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that thrives in the warm, moist environments found in public pools and locker rooms. To prevent this itchy rash, always wear water shoes or flip-flops when walking in communal areas. Dry your feet thoroughly after swimming, especially between the toes. If you are prone to fungal infections, consider using an antifungal powder daily.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are often contracted by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces like pool decks. The best prevention is to avoid going barefoot and to keep your feet clean and dry. If you do develop plantar warts, see your podiatrist for professional treatment.

Cuts, Scrapes and Infections

Sharp objects, rough surfaces, and even other swimmers’ toenails can cause cuts and scrapes. Always wear protective shoes around the pool and be cautious when swimming. Any open wounds should be covered with waterproof bandages to avoid infection. If a wound becomes red, swollen, or painful, see your podiatrist promptly as this could indicate a developing infection.

Fungal Toenails

Prolonged exposure to moisture can lead to fungal toenail infections. Keep your nails trimmed and clean. Wear breathable shoes and change out of wet swimwear as soon as possible. If you notice your nails becoming discolored, thickened, or brittle, make an appointment with your podiatrist.

More Summer Foot Safety Tips

  • Always wear shoes in locker rooms, showers, and pool decks
  • Wash and dry feet well after swimming, especially between toes
  • Check your feet regularly for any signs of injury or infection
  • Use antifungal powder or spray if prone to athlete’s foot
  • Don’t share towels, shoes, or other personal items that could spread foot fungus
  • Avoid walking on hot surfaces like concrete or sand that could burn your soles

If you experience any foot pain or problems this summer, the team at Yeargain Foot & Ankle is here to help. Our experienced podiatrists can diagnose and treat all common conditions to get you back to your summer fun quickly. Call or text our office at (972) 853-4886 or request an appointment online today. Happy swimming!

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If you work in Downtown Dallas you know the challenge of working a full day and then finding time for a podiatry appointment. That’s why we have two clinics located in the downtown area. Schedule your appointment and customized treatment plan right where you work. We will get you in, get you relief, and get you back to active living.

Yeargain Foot & Ankle

3801 Gaston Ave #330
Dallas, TX 75246
(972) 853-4886

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Oak Cliff/Methodist Hospital
1411 N Beckley Ave. Suite 456
Dallas, TX 75203
Pavilion III at Methodist Hospital
(972) 845-4970

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