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Clark, NJ 07066




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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 25, 2017

One of your child’s favorite activities is probably going to the park. With the onset of warmer weather and plenty of sunshine, your child(ren) will want to spend as much time as possible at the park! It’s important, though, to keep certain things in mind for keeping your children and their feet protected. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep parents prepared and children safe at the park. While a park can mean a variety of different layouts and structures, the following general safety guidelines are applicable across the board:

Protective Shoes

  • Supportive, sturdy, comfortable shoes that fit well are essential to foot protection. Adequate cushioning is necessary for running or jumping activities. Sturdy shoes will help stabilize children on gravel, woodchip, or shredded rubber playgrounds.
  • Children’s feet grow quickly, so make sure that they have the right size shoes on. If they complain of pain or if you notice redness, swelling, bruising, or blistering, it may be time to buy bigger shoes. Remember, pain is not normal in the feet. Not even “growing pains”.
  • Make sure that shoelaces are not too long so that they do not get caught on playgrounds or other equipment, and so that they cause your child(ren) to trip on their own laces.
  • Sandals are okay, but they may not be appropriate for kicking balls or activities with a lot of running. Look out for exposed toes getting jammed or pinky toes sticking out. Also, use sunblock to prevent sunburn.
  • Some parents may wish to allow their children to go barefoot, especially if it is a grassy area or cushioned playground. However, it’s not always safe or hygienic as there could be dog poop, broken plastic or glass, as well as contagious viruses or fungus on some surfaces.

Environmental Factors

  • Sunburn – Don’t forget that all parts of the body should be protected from the sun’s UV rays. Sunblock should be applied, even on the feet.
  • Grass Allergy – If your time at the park involves running around in the grass, pay attention to any rashes or hives around the feet or ankles, as this can indicate allergic dermatitis on the feet.
  • Insect Bites – Parks and playgrounds can be a hotspot for biting/stinging insects like bees and mosquitoes. Be wary of areas with beehives, especially if your child is allergic. Additionally, if the park is close to any areas with forest or woods, be careful of ticks near the feet, ankles, and legs.

Park Features

  • Sandboxes – Be careful of allowing children in a sandbox, especially on hot days. The sun can make the sand very hot and skin (hands and feet) can burn.
  • Wading pools – If your park or playground has children’s pools, have children keep water shoes on to protect from slipping and viral or fungal infection. 
  • Safe Zones – Talk to your children about what parts of the park or playground are safe for them to play in, depending on age and abilities. If they fall from heights or use equipment without proper knowledge, it could lead to foot or ankle injuries.

Have additional questions about foot safety at the park? Make an appointment today 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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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470