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There is no denying that when summer comes almost anybody around the world will hit the beach. Just like any of those millions, you are looking forward to fun and frolic under the sun. What happens when you suddenly feel aches and pains in your feet not only at the beach but after as well?
Very few people take the time to think of the possible consequences of foot pains at the beach; but this problem is more common than you think.
To make sure that your time at the beach and after does not get ruined by foot problems, here are some foot safety tips recommended by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons to help you maximize your enjoyment.
Cuts and Wounds
The beach sand may be fine and clear but the possibility of getting puncture wounds and cuts on your feet is extremely real. There are broken glass, seashells, and other similar sharp objects that can be hidden in the sand that can cause damage to your feet.
To protect you from this type of accident, make sure that you have protective shoes when you hit the beach. In case you get a cut on the skin of your feet, make sure that you do not go into the water without addressing it first. The ocean water has bacteria that can infect the open wound and make it worse. Consult with a healthcare professional immediately to minimize possible complications.
Did you know that your feet can get sunburned too? Surprising as it may sound to some, but this is a fact that can lead to some deadly diseases like skin cancer for example. Yes! Skin cancer of the foot can happen, which is why sunscreen should be generously applied all over your body including your feet! Make sure to apply the sunscreen on the top and bottom part of your feet for ample protection and safety.
Burns are different from sunburns? Yes they are! When we talk about burns we are referring to that which can scorch your skin from the heat of footpaths, poolside paved surfaces, and the beach sand. The summer heat can cause these surfaces to become extremely hot, which obviously would be bad for your bare feet. So make sure you have the right type of protective footwear, most especially if you are a diabetic.
Are you a diabetic? Then you should take extra precaution when hitting the beach. The possibility of facing foot injury is extremely real, as a result of numbness in your feet and even poor blood circulation. Because you are a diabetic, you may not immediately know that you have been cut, burned, or wounded as you walk along the beach.
Breaks on the skin is potentially dangerous for diabetics as they are susceptible to infection or even affected by ulcer. The right type of beachwear shoes should protect you from such injuries. Take time as well to regularly inspect your shoes to make sure that they are free from foreign objects that can cause sores, wounds, or infections.
Are you aware that jellyfishes can still sting even when they are not in the water? If you accidentally step on them or their tentacles touch any part of your body you can get stung. When this happens use meat tenderizer, baking soda, or vinegar to reduce the swelling and pain that happens. Get yourself checked out by a professional medical practitioner for your safety.
Other Foot Injuries
Not all people who go to the beach are there to swim or surf. Some jog, walk, or play sports. This opens up the possibility of other foot injuries that can cause pain and sprains. Wearing the right type of shoes that provide ample support for your feet would be the best way to avoid potential injuries. Immediate action for foot injuries is to RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) it to minimize the possibility of swelling and relieve the pain.
Make sure that you truly have fun in the sun by following these recommendations. To get the right type of shoes for summer, go and visit Foot Solutions because they believe that shoe solutions should be more than just knowing your right shoe size. Contact them now!