By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot injury
Tags: ankle sprain  

The hot spells we’ve been having here in Edison and Monroe have our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care flocking to the Jersey shore to cool off. Going to the beach is a great way to spend a summer day but it can be quickly ruined if you injure your foot. Below are some common foot problems that can occur at the shore and how to avoid them:

Burns—there’s more than one way to burn your feet at the beach. Blacktop, boardwalks and sand can all reach high enough temperatures to burn the soles of your feet. When the thermometer reads 90 degrees the sand can heat up to over 120 degrees and this is high enough to cause second and even third-degree burns. If the sand feels hot, don’t try to make it to the water. Stop and put on flip-flops or water shoes. If you do burn your feet, soak them in cool water. If the burn is bad enough to blister, wrap loosely in a towel. Then call our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at 732-662-3050 and come in so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah can provide the proper care. Your feet are also susceptible to sunburn and require a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Remember to reapply sunscreen after you’ve been in the water.

Ankle injuries—since the sand gives, creating an unstable surface to walk on there’s an increased risk of spraining your ankle. If you like to take long walks on the beach, go closer to the water where the sand is firmer. If beach volleyball or frisbee is your preferred pastime, pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag which will at least provide some support for your ankles.

Cuts and wounds—hidden in the sand are sharp shells, glass and can and bottle tops, all of which can puncture or cut your foot. Washed up jellyfish are also a hazard because their stingers still work and can injure your foot if you step on them. Water shoes or flip-flops will help keep your feet safe from these potential dangers. If you do get a cut, clean and bandage it immediately. Don’t go in the water because bacteria that are present can enter the wound and cause an infection.

We hope you enjoy your beach days but if you do sustain an injury, contact us for an appointment promptly so that we can treat it promptly and help you get back to having fun in the sun.