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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 09, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Heel pain   Ankle pain   skin cancer  

Sun, sand and sea are great antidotes to the daily grind, but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC we’ve seen many a beach day end badly with foot pain or injury. Below are a few simple ways you can ensure more fun in the sun:

Avoid the Sting—most people know to clear out of the water if jellyfish are spotted, but did you know that ones that wash up on the beach can still sting you if you step on them? If this happens, remove tentacles (carefully, so you don’t get stung on your hands and fingers) and apply baking soda, meat tenderizer or vinegar to reduce pain and cut down on swelling.

Cut Your Risk—soft sand can be a minefield hiding broken glass, sea shells, bottle caps and other sharp objects. Avoid cuts and puncture wounds by wearing water shoes or other footwear on the beach. If you do get a cut, avoid going in the water because any bacteria in the ocean can enter the wound and cause an infection. Wearing shoes will also prevent burning your skin when you walk on hot sand or pavement.

Be a Good Sport—pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag if extreme Frisbee, volleyball or other seaside sport will be part of your day’s fun. Quick movements in shifting sand can result in an ankle sprain or other injury. Playing on uneven surfaces can cause arch and heel pain too.

Save Your Skin—for some reason, when it comes to sunscreen, people don’t always bother to apply some on their feet. Be sure to coat the tops and bottoms of your feet (have you ever tried walking with sunburned soles?) and reapply after swimming. Not only will this prevent painful sunburn, but you’ll also  be protecting yourself from deadly melanomas and other skin cancers down the line.

Sometimes, despite all of our precautions, injuries and foot pain still happen. If after your beach day, you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, you twist an ankle or sustain another injury, make an appointment right away at our Washington, PA office. The sooner our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine and diagnose your foot problem, the sooner you’ll be ready for more summer fun!

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