Sun, sand, and waves! Nothing says summer fun like a day at the beach. Below are some potential podiatric problems and how to prevent them from ruining your seaside outing.
- Jellyfish Stings – many people don’t realize that jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. If this happens, carefully remove the tentacles from your feet. Keep a small container of baking soda or vinegar in your beach bag to apply to the site of a sting. This should relieve the pain and swelling.
- Puncture Wounds – glass, shells, bottle caps, and other sharp objects can be hidden under the sand. Slip on your water shoes or flip-flops before taking a walk down the beach. If you do get a puncture wound, don’t go swimming. Bacteria in the water can cause an infection. It’s best to have a podiatrist check out any puncture wounds within 24 hours.
- Sunburn – don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet as well as the rest of your body. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and reapply after going in the water or every two hours-whichever comes first.
- Ankle Sprains, Tendon Strains, and Other Injuries – if your beach day plan includes volleyball, frisbee, or another physical activity, be sure to throw a pair of athletic shoes in your beach bag. Playing these or other sports in flip-flops or sandals in shifting sand is likely to result in a sports injury to your feet.
- Swollen Feet and Ankles – stay hydrated! It will help reduce edema (swelling) of your feet and ankles.
If you sustain an injury or experience foot pain after your day at the beach, make an appointment to get it evaluated. We want to keep you walking!