The Jersey Shore is calling now that summer is here, and the kids are out of school. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we love a beautiful day at the beach but we also know that hazards are lurking there that can harm your feet and ankles. Take the necessary precautions to ensure that your beach day is fun and safe. Below are some helpful do’s and don’ts.
Do: apply a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to your feet (and the rest of your body) about 30 minutes before you go to the beach. Don’t forget to put on the bottoms of your feet as well if you plan to lie out on your towel or beach blanket. Reapply every two hours or whenever you come out of the water after a swim.
Don’t: walk barefoot on the beach. The sun can get hot enough to cause first and even second degree burns on the soles of your feet. Wearing some water shoes or flip-flops will also protect your feet from glass, shell pieces and other sharp objects buried in the sand.
Do: bring a pair of sneakers with you if you plan to play frisbee, volleyball or go running at the beach. Shifting sands make it easy to twist an ankle when you’re moving fast.
Do: watch out for jellyfish, washed up on the beach. They can still sting you if you step on them! Keep some baking soda in your beach bag just in case and apply to a stung spot to reduce the sting.
Don’t: head to the restroom without your beach shoes. Fungal infections love moist, warm places, and they are transmitted by direct contact.
Don’t: put off making an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling 732-662-3050 if you do injure your foot or ankle at the beach or notice any unusual rashes or cuts on your foot after your day at the shore. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and determine if any treatment is necessary.