Foot Tips For Summer Beach Days

Practice foot safety at the beach to make the most of lazy summer days enjoying the sand between your toes.

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes surrounded by sun-warmed sandy beaches. Whether you are spending a cabin weekend at the lake, or a summer afternoon basking at the beach, we’ve got tips to keep your feet safe while you enjoy the sand and sun.

Protect against cuts and punctures. Watch for broken glass and other sharp objects in the sand. You are always safest if you wear shoes to protect your feet. If you do get cut, stay out of the water. Bacteria in lakes and rivers can cause infection.

Your feet need sunscreen too. Protect your feet, as well as your face and limbs, by applying sunscreen to both the tops and bottoms of your feet. Rare but serious skin cancers can develop on feet.

Hot surfaces can burn your feet. We welcome the warmth of the sun after a long cold winter, but remember that those sunny rays can make sand, sidewalks, and paved surfaces sizzle. Wear shoes to protect the soles of your feet.

Guard against foot injuries. Sand feels great between your toes, but the soft, uneven surface increases risk of injury if you are walking, jogging, or playing sports. If you are planning to be active, athletic shoes will give you more cushioning and arch support than flip-flops or sandals. If you are injured, use rest, ice, compression and elevation to treat your injury. If pain or swelling doesn’t resolve in a few days, consult a foot and ankle surgeon.

If you follow these safety tips, your feet will carry you healthily and happily through a summer beach season filled with sun and fun.

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  • Michael Castro, D.O.

    “I view the foot and ankle as a ‘perfect machine’ that is taken for granted…when it breaks down the effects can be profound. My focus and the focus of my team is to help get you back on your feet doing what you love.”

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