The salty sea air. The smell of sunscreen. The roar of the waves. The warm sand between your toes. There is nothing quite like a day at the beach to be refreshed and revitalized. As the summer season approaches, many people head to their nearest beach or vacation hot-spot for a much-needed break. It’s important to relax, but before you do, keep in mind the following foot care safety tips to protect you and your family from foot and ankle pain at the beach.
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Don’t Let Your Feet Ruin Your Day at the Beach
As millions of Americans hit the beach this summer, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers these foot safety tips:
Puncture Wounds and Cuts
Wear shoes to protect your feet from puncture wounds and cuts caused by sea shells, broken glass and other sharp objects. Don't go in the water if your skin gets cut - bacteria in oceans and lakes can cause infection. A puncture wound should be treated by a foot and ankle surgeon within 24 hours to avoid complications.
Remember that a jellyfish washed up on the beach can still sting if you step on it. If their tentacles stick to the foot or ankle, remove them, but protect your hands from getting stung too. Vinegar, meat tenderizer or baking soda reduce pain and swelling. Most jellyfish stings heal within days, but if they don't, see a doctor.
Feet get sunburn too. Rare but deadly skin cancers can occur on the foot. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Sand, sidewalks and paved surfaces get hot in the summer sun. Wear shoes to protect your soles from getting burned, especially if you have diabetes.
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Safety and foot care at the beach is important to keep your feet happy and healthy. When you’re not at the beach during the warm summer months, pay attention to the types of shoes you’re wearing and the way your feet are feeling.
The ever-popular flip-flop does nothing beneficial whatsoever for your feet. Instead, look for a sandal that offers support and better protection.
Clean and care for your feet daily. If your feet aren’t feeling quite right and you start to experience chronic foot pain, don’t wait to visit a foot doctor for treatment recommendations or else the pain could get worse.
If you’re in the New York area and you’re experiencing foot problems or foot and ankle pain, contact Adler Footcare for a free foot assessment. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.