What’s got the kinetic energy of a .357 handgun and whirls at 3,000 rotations per minute? No, it’s not a powerful weapon—it’s your lawnmower. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that power mowers can act as a weapon on your feet if proper precautions are not taken. In an effort to help prevent some of the tens of thousands of foot injuries that occur each year as a result of power mowers, we’d like to offer some tips for keeping your feet safe while you mow.
- Service your lawnmower at least once a year and repair any parts that are not working properly.
- If you have a new mower, read the owner’s manual completely and be sure you understand the correct way to operate and turn off your mower.
- Never mow a wet lawn! Mowers slide on grass that’s slippery. This is the number one cause of mower injuries.
- Wear work boots or other heavy shoes when mowing. Sandals, flip flops and bare feet are no match for a running mower.
- Use the clip bag and pick up any sticks or other obvious debris before mowing. This will help prevent items in your yard from being sucked up and shot out of the mower and possibly injuring someone nearby.
- Do not let children ride on the lawnmower. Set firm rules to keep them off the lawn while you are mowing. Instruct them not to come out on the lawn or try to get your attention until you turn the mower off.
- Mow steep slopes slowly from side to side, not up and down.
- Don’t try to pull a running mower backward.
Even a minor nick from the blades of the mower requires immediate attention. Wash the cut thoroughly and apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage. As with any foot injury, if it doesn’t seem to be healing in a timely manner, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office as soon as possible. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine your foot and diagnose any infection or other problem.