At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we hope our Macomb County patients are enjoying some of the many popular outdoor activities in our area. If the beach is one of your family’s favorite ways to spend a sunny day, look at these simple steps to prevent foot and ankle problems that could easily spoil your day.
- Wear your flip flops. To get from the car to your perfect spot on the beach, flip flops will prevent the bottoms of your feet from getting burned by hot asphalt and sweltering sand. They will also help protect you from athlete’s foot, warts, and fungal toenails. These infections are spread by direct contact. Keeping your feet covered when you use the rest rooms and changing areas is the best way to safeguard against infection.
- Don’t forget to re-apply the sunscreen. The skin on the tops (and bottoms) of your feet is just as likely to get burned as the rest of your body. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, is water resistant and has an SPF of 15 or higher. Be sure to put on more after each time you’ve been in the water.
- Bring your sneakers. While flip flops are good for short walks, if you plan to play beach volleyball or frisbee or take a longer stroll along the shore, put your sneakers on. Flip flops provide no support or stability, especially on shifting sands and wearing them during more strenuous physical activities can result in an ankle sprain or other injury. Don’t play barefoot or you could end up with a puncture wound from sharp objects buried in the sand.
- Pack a mini first aid kit. It’s a good idea to have bandages, antiseptic wipes, and antibacterial ointment with you in case a family member sustains a minor cut or scrape. An ace bandage and ice pack will be helpful if there is an ankle twisting injury.
For more serious foot pain after an outing or if you sustain an injury, be sure to contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office as soon as possible so that our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Philip M. Watkins can assess and treat any podiatric injuries that may have occurred.