One of the reasons people look forward to the summer sunshine is the opportunity to finally kick off their shoes, both literally and figuratively. You might walk barefoot on the riverside, dip your toes in the community pool, or toss aside your sandals while you garden in the backyard. However you like to spend your time outdoors during this summer, your feet are a bit more exposed than usual, and all that exposure can lead to injury if you aren’t careful. STRAPPY SANDALS AND FLIP FLOPS This minimal shoe gear can often cause you to injure the band of tissue on the bottom of the heel and bruise the joints in your forefoot because Kick off Your Shoes
of their thin, flat sole and lack of arch support. You don’t have to avoid sandals and flip flops altogether; just find styles with thicker, more contoured soles for more comfort and support for your feet. YARD SHOES When you decide to do a little work in your backyard or garden, you might lace up an old pair of tennis shoes. You know, the worn-out, smelly ones you specifically keep for yard work. Unfortunately, these shoes can lead to cuts, bruises, tendon tears, and fractures because they lack substance. If you’re weeding your garden bed or mowing the lawn, be sure to wear good, supportive shoes, no matter how hot it is outside. CLEAT CARE If you or someone else in your family plans to play a game of pick-up softball or soccer, beware of potential heel pain that can stem from wearing cleats. Consider purchasing a soft or gel-like over-the-counter arch support for preventative measures. BAREFOOT BEWARE If you’re playing in the water, then you’re likely to ditch your sandals and go barefoot. Anytime you go shoeless, watch out for glass, wood, sharp rocks, and any other objects that could potentially cut your foot. Even if you take all these summertime precautions, we all know that injuries can still occur. Don’t let a bruised heel or sprained ankle keep you from enjoying the sunshine. Come see us at Gilbert Physical Therapy to get back on your feet faster.
Roasted Corn Salsa
Corn is plentiful during the summer months, and this easy-to-make salsa is sure to be a hit at your next get-together.
2 medium ears of corn, shucked
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1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced
1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 red onion, diced
1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.
5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.
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