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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Safety
Tags: foot care  

The temperatures are finally on the rise and it’s time for that all important spring ritual: the first mow of the lawn. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we believe that even one mower injury is too many and according to the National Consumer Products Safety Commission there will be over 37,000 power mower related injuries before mowing season is through. So before you hop on your mower for the first time this spring, we’d like to offer a few safety reminders to protect your feet and toes:

  1. Never mow a wet lawn. Did you know that losing control and slipping on the grass after a rain is the number one cause of power mower injuries to feet?
  2. Keep children safe. Do not allow children to ride on your lap while mowing and establish a rule that children are not to come onto the lawn while the lawn mower is on.
  3. Always wear work boots or heavy shoes when mowing. Sneakers and flip flops are no match for mower blades and they also do not provide as much protection against slipping.
  4. Leave the clip bag attached at all times when using the mower. This will prevent sticks, small rocks and other debris from becoming projectile missiles which can strike other people in the vicinity.
  5. When mowing a slope, always go side to side and not up and down.
  6. Do not pull a running mower backwards.

If, despite your best efforts to prevent an injury, you do hurt a foot or toe in a mower accident, seek treatment immediately. Due to the dirtiness of the blade even minor cuts or lacerations can quickly become infected. Of course, for more serious injuries you’ll go straight to the emergency room, but be sure to follow up with an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, afterwards so he can check to see that the injury is healing properly and to determine if any follow up treatment or physical treatment is necessary. You can reach our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410. 

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