Springtime Tips when caring for your Feet

Springtime Feet

Spring is fun, but can be tough on your feet. Before you trade your boots for strappy sandals and bare feet, make sure you follow these simple tips, courtesy of Kory Miskin, DPM. No matter the time of year, good foot health contributes to your overall health.

Below, podiatrist Kory Miskin, DPM, shares a few tips on how you and your feet can enjoy the sunshine.

  1. Going barefoot increases the risk of injury to your feet. Walking without the proper footwear in a public area can expose you to infections like plantar warts, athlete’s foot and ringworm.
  1. Remember the sunscreen. Sunburn is very common as we approach the warmer temperatures in the spring. To prevent getting sunburns, make sure to apply sunscreen all over your feet. It’s especially important across the top and front of your ankles and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water. Aloe Vera or Silvadene cream are great options to use in case you do get sunburn on your feet. They help to relieve those painful sunburns that you may accrue.
  1. Increases in activity can increase foot injury. Everyone is itching to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures, which leads to increased activity overall. This can lead to blisters forming on your feet when walking/running/biking. To reduce the risk of developing blisters over time, try to wear moisture-wicking socks. Also, the use of moleskin can help prevent rubbing in those areas.
  1. Remember to warm up before you get moving. As you become more active, stress fractures, planter’s fasciitis and other generalized foot pain can develop. To limit this from happening, allow yourself to work into a routine that will allow you to stretch your feet and other muscles.
  1. Shoe gear is important. Make sure to get your feet measured regularly, as they can change size. Measuring them at the end of the day is the best time. Having an appropriate fitting shoe can help limit injury to your feet.

Good foot health contributes to your overall well-being and spring is a fantastic time to start enjoying the outdoors again! Remember to start slowly, gradually increasing your activity. Regular stretching, and warming up is very important. If a foot/ankle injury does occur, don’t hesitate to see a Podiatrist for help!


Dr. Kory Miskin joined the OCH Health System in December. He is available to see patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic and every other Wednesday at the OCH Southwest City Community Clinic in Southwest City, Missouri. Dr. Miskin can provide medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems. He received his education from Brigham Young University – Provo and from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He is currently is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. To contact the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic, or schedule an appointment, call the office at 479-344-6870 or fax 479-344-6865.


10 Summer Safety Tips

Summer is in full swing, and so are your kids: swimming, biking, running, you name it! Here’s how to ensure they enjoy a hazard free break — indoors and out — before school begins (content courtesy of the Christian County Health Department):

  • Set an example and always wear your helmet when biking. Whether your child rides a trike, bike, scooter or skateboard, a helmet is always key in preventing serious injury. 
  • Parents can also set an example by wearing a seat belt and ensuring their children are strapped into the correct car seat.
  • Don’t forget to keep cleaners, medications and beauty products where children can’t reach them, and use safety locks to protect the items in areas easy to reach.
  • Be prepared before disaster strikes: in case of poisoning, call (800) 222-1222.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke alarm and hold regular fire drills with your family.

  • When cooking on the stove or grill, stay near at all times. Also, use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent temptation from small children looking for something to grab.
  • Keep your hot waters at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.
  • Watch out for small items such as coins, balloons and hard round food (such as peanuts and candy). Remember, anything that fits through a toilet paper tube can cause a young child to choke!
  • Place babies on their backs when they sleep, alone in their cribs. Don’t use pillow, blankets or comforters to prop them up.
  • When your children are in or near water (wading or swimming pools, bathtubs, toilets, spas and buckets of water), stay close enough to reach out and touch or grab them. Life guards may or may not be on duty to help protect your children.

Stay safe this summer! OCH’s ER is staffed and open 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is located at 2828 N. National in Springfield, Missouri and OCH’s Christian County Clinic Urgent Care is located at 105 S. Ridgecrest in Nixa, Missouri (open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm).