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June 30, 2015
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After he long and hard winter, summer is here!  It is time to take advantage of the good weather and enjoy the many outdoor activities.  It is quite common for people to wear sandals in the warm weather and sometimes even go barefoot.  There has been an emphasis in recent years on utilizing sunblock to protect from skin damage and potential development of skin cancer.  A cream with a 30 SPF is recommended.  If swimming is involved, reapplication is important.  The tops of our feet are often ignored when applying sunblock.  It is crucial that this area of our bodies are protected.  The top of the feet are exposed to direct sunlight.  A sunburn is one of the quickest ways to inhibit the enjoyment of the summer. A severe sunburn can result in blistering and the risk of infection.  I would also like to take the time to remind everyone that even though it is summer, good, supportive type shoes should still be a priority.  When wearing sandals, stay away from flip-flops.  There are plenty of good quality sandals with arch support.  Teeva and Birkenstock are a couple of brands that we recommend.  There are other good ones as well.  I would also try to mix in wearing good, running style sneakers whenever possible.  The use of nonsupportive foot gear on a regular basis can lead to many painful conditions both in the short-term and the long-term.  So please support those feet because they support you!

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