Parents and families can prevent cuts, puncture wounds and other injuries from going barefoot by following some simple recommendations:
See a foot and ankle surgeon within 24 hours for a puncture wound.
Why: These injuries can embed un-sterile foreign objects deep inside the foot. A puncture wound must be cleaned properly and monitored throughout the healing process. This will help to avoid complications, such as tissue and bone infections or damage to tendons and muscles in the foot.
Make sure you've been vaccinated against tetanus. Experts recommend teens and adults get a booster shot every 10 years.
Why: Cuts and puncture wounds from sharp objects can lead to infections and illnesses such as tetanus.
Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Why: Feet get sunburn too. Deadly skin cancers can develop on the feet.
Why: The earlier a skin condition is detected, the easier it is for your foot and ankle surgeon to treat it.
Wear flip-flops or sandals around swimming pools, locker rooms and beaches.
Why: To avoid cuts and abrasions from rough anti-slip surfaces and sharp objects hidden beneath sandy beaches, and to prevent contact with bacteria and viruses that can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts, and other problems.
Use common sense.
Why: Every year, people lose toes while mowing the lawn barefoot. Others suffer serious burns from accidentally stepping on stray campfire coals or fireworks. Murky rivers, lakes and ponds can conceal sharp objects underwater. People with diabetes should never go barefoot, even indoors, because their nervous system may not "feel" an injury and their circulatory system will struggle to heal breaks in the skin.
If you or someone you know have any further questions regarding the topics above or need treatment for one of the conditions listed above, please feel free to contact 1 of Our Officesfor for an appointment.