As millions of people hit the beach for vacation fun, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers these foot safety tips.
Don’t forget sunscreen on your feet
Feet get sunburned, too. The skin on your feet is highly susceptible to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Apply sunscreen on the tops and bottoms of your feet to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Avoid puncture wounds & cuts
Wear shoes to protect your feet from puncture wounds and cuts caused by sea shells, broken glass, and other sharp objects. Don’t go in the water if your skin gets cut – bacteria in oceans and lakes can cause infections.
Shield your feet from burns
Sand, sidewalks, and paved surfaces get hot in the summer sun. Wear shoes to protect your soles from getting burned, especially if you are living with diabetes.
Listen to your feet
Walking, jogging, and playing sports on soft, uneven surfaces like sand frequently lead to arch pain, heel pain, ankle sprains, and other injuries. To protect your feet, wear appropriate athletic shoes to provide the heel cushioning and arch support that flip-flops and sandals lack.