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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 24, 2018
Tags: Shoes   sprains   children   fungal   broken  

Most children love the prospect of going to the playground. They will even be on their best behavior when promised a reward of time at the park. Because playgrounds are mostly designed for children, we tend not to think twice before letting them loose once inside the playground gates.

However, the unfortunate truth is that playgrounds can be dangerous for children. Factors such as surface, structural integrity, maintenance, and safe play can determine whether or not children leave a playground with an injury. 

To protect against injuries, especially foot injuries, keep the following in mind:

  • Be sure that your child wears shoes that are: supportive, sturdy, comfortable, and fit properly. These features will help your child stay stable and protected as they play on the different surfaces at a playground. While some surfaces are chosen to reduce impact for falls, they can also make for slightly unstable surfaces that can cause ankle twists and sprains as your children run around.
  • Your child’s feet will be at risk of splinters, cuts, bruises, and bacterial or fungal infections if you allow them to go barefoot at a playground.
  • Don’t ride with your children down the slide. This may be something you have always done, but a common injury involves your child’s foot getting wedged in between the slide and your leg. The foot can become severely twisted/sprained or even broken!

Unsafe Playground Equipment/Areas – Be sure that our child is supervised and that they know which areas are safe for play. In particular, be wary of:

  • Aging structures – if not properly maintained, playground structures can be wobbly or degraded. Fraying ropes can snap or become loose, bridges might collapse, and hanging rings might fall. Be sure to check structural integrity before allowing your children on an old playground.
  • Climbing structures – one wrong step can lead to a fall with as much of a drop as 5 feet!
  • Merry go rounds – as children try to get on while it’s spinning, they can become injured; on the other hand, they can suffer an injury if it spins too quickly and they are thrown off.
  • Swings – Not only can a child be injured from a moving swing (with a person on it or not), they can be injured while jumping off as well. It may be a fun challenge, but an incorrect landing can mean a sprain or broken ankle.

It’s not to say that you should be afraid of the playground. Rather, be smart and safe with your children. Make sure they are supervised and able to enjoy the appropriate parts of the playground.

If your child has suffered an injury while at the playground, make an appointment today at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

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