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Beach Safety: Feet First

Can you believe we’re already in July? We hope you’ve had a chance to make it to the beach. If not, a beach trip should definitely be on your list of summer plans. While Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center loves to hear about his patients having fun in the sun, he also wants them to keep safety in mind. If they have diabetes, there are even more risks.

If you’re planning for a beach trip before the summer ends, focus on these three words: sunscreen, shoes, and sprains.

Sunscreen

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, so here is your friendly reminder to keep your focus on sunscreen application. When you apply sunscreen, are you thinking about your feet and ankles? For your feet, don’t forget about adding sunscreen to your toes and the tops and sides of your feet. Trust us — the sun’s rays won’t skip over these spots.

  • Avoid the hottest parts of the day
  • Seek shade and take breaks often
  • Monitor your skin for redness and signs of sunburn

Plan to pack: multiple sunscreen options, including ones for sports and water

Shoes

Of all places, you would think that running around barefoot on the beach may sound like fun. Unfortunately, it’s more dangerous than you think. We just don’t know what other things are buried in the grains of sand. From jagged rocks to broken glass, dangerous objects could pierce your skin. If you are a diabetic, this could become extremely dangerous.

  • Wear beach shoes and avoid walking barefoot
  • Watch where you walk
  • If you have a cut, quickly clean, and cover it

Plan to pack: a small first-aid kit and beach shoes

Sprains

We hate to rain on your sunny beach days, but ankle sprains happen — even in paradise. Between the uneven surface at the beach, or simply running after a frisbee too fast, accidents happen. If you experience an ankle sprain while at the beach, rest, apply ice, apply compression, and elevate your leg.

  • Visit a podiatrist when you return from your trip
  • Take it easy during the rest of your vacation
  • If you think the injury is something more serious, go to the doctor

Plan to pack: supportive shoes and contact information for a podiatrist

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

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