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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 21, 2018
Category: Foot Safety
Tags: lawn mower  

Mowing the lawn—it seems like such a simple job, one that our patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM are starting to do again regularly now that summer is approaching. And yet, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that there are approximately 37,000 injuries each year that are caused by power mowers. Below are some common scenarios that get people into trouble. Take the necessary precautions to protect your feet and toes.

Today’s the day—you’ve blocked out Saturday morning to mow the lawn and even though it rained last night you need to get it done because you’ve got a barbeque to go to this afternoon. Don’t do it! The greatest number of mower accidents occur as a result of a lawn mower slipping on wet grass. Allow sufficient time for the grass to dry completely before attempting to mow.

Feeling lazy—laying out in the sun but really should get the lawn mowed. I’ll just hop on the mower and get started. Never mow the lawn in bare feet or flip-flops. That’s no match for blades that have the kinetic energy of a .357 handgun, whirling at 3,000 revolutions per minute! Even sneakers do not provide enough protection. Wear work boots or similarly heavy shoes to keep feet and toes safe.

The kids love it when I give them a ride on the mower—and I am very careful. The greatest number of lawn mower accidents happen to people in two age groups: over 44 and under 14. Children’s feet are little and slipping off the mower it’s easy to get caught in the blades. It’s also important to teach your children not to come out on the lawn while you are mowing--the loud noise will prevent you from hearing them approach.

What sticks? When the power mower rides over a stick it has the potential to become a projectile missile as it shoots out from under the machine and could injure you or someone else nearby. Always keep the clip bag attached to catch debris.

It’s just a small nick—I’ll take care of it when I’m done. Even a seemingly small cut from dirty mower blades can quickly become infected. Stop mowing, wash the cut and bandage appropriately using antibiotic ointment. If it looks red or is oozing pus within a few days following the injury contact our Washington office immediately and let our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, check the wound to make sure it has not become infected. Call us for an appointment at (724) 225-7410.

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