By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 12, 2017
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You may not view mowing your lawn as hazardous to your feet but believe it or not, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that over 37,000 injuries from power mowers occur each year. The grass has definitely greened up on our New Jersey lawns and so we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to remind patients of these important tips for preventing lawn mower accidents:

  1. Allow your lawn time to dry after a rain storm before mowing. The number one cause of foot injuries from power mowers is losing control of the mower on slippery wet grass.
  2. Choose heavy shoes or work boots for mowing. With blades whirling at 3,000 revolutions per minute, sneakers will not provide any protection.
  3. No matter how much they beg you, never give children a ride on a running mower. The two age groups most likely to be injured in lawn mower accidents are children under the age of 14 and adults over 44. It’s also a good idea to make it a rule that children don’t come on the lawn at all while you are mowing.
  4. Keep the bag for clippings attached to your mower all through the season. This will catch debris that might otherwise fly up and hit you or someone nearby.
  5. For slope mowing, go from side to side, not up and down.

If you do sustain an injury when mowing your lawn, treat it promptly and follow up with one of our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office. Due to the dirt on the blades of a mower even a minor cut has a high risk of becoming infected. More serious injuries that have been treated in the emergency room should be checked by the foot doctor to ensure proper rehabilitation and full recovery. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.