Remember the good old days of running barefoot as a kid – stubbed toes, splinters and all? Going barefoot isn’t what it used to be. Sure, in the summertime, kids – and some adults too! – love the feeling of the cool green grass beneath their feet and the sand between their toes, but there are plenty of precarious situations to watch out for that could cause you some major foot pain. You may not have even thought about some of these important things to consider if you plan on going barefoot this summer.
Posted by: Foot Health Facts
Going Barefoot? Beware!
Tips for a Safer Barefoot Summer
Millions of Americans will go barefoot this summer, and thousands will suffer injuries such as cuts and puncture wounds. Some will develop nasty infections that may require surgery.
The best way to protect feet and toes from injury is to wear shoes. But if your summer just wouldn't be the same without the sand between your toes or walking in your backyard barefoot, doctors with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) say you can make it a safer season by following these tips:
Tip: See a foot and ankle surgeon within 24 hours for a puncture wound.
Why: These injuries can embed unsterile foreign objects deep inside the foot. A puncture wound must be cleaned properly and monitored throughout the healing process. This will help to avoid complications, such as tissue and bone infections or damage to tendons and muscles in the foot. Foot and ankle surgeons are trained to properly care for these injuries.
Tip: Make sure you've been vaccinated against tetanus. Experts recommend teens and adults get a booster shot every 10 years.
Why: Cuts and puncture wounds from sharp objects can lead to infections and illnesses such as tetanus.
Tip: Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Why: Feet get sunburn too. According to FootHealthFacts.org, rare but deadly skin cancers can develop on the feet.
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If you do find yourself experiencing foot pain from an injury or some other foot problem, it’s important to see a qualified podiatrist right away so the issue doesn’t get worse. Adler Footcare offers the latest treatments for foot pain in its new Manhattan office.
If you’re living in or visiting the New York area, consider contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.