posted: Jul. 21, 2021.
A day at the beach is a great way to enjoy some summer fun. At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re committed to helping our Pasadena patients be proactive in protecting their feet and ankles in all types of recreational activities. Below are five tips for ensuring your beach day isn’t a bust because of a podiatric problem.
- Remember to put sunscreen on your feet. For some reason, many patients stop at the tops of their ankles when applying sunscreen. It’s important to cover both the tops and bottoms of your feet with a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has a minimum SPF of 30. It is recommended a water-resistant variety at the lake or ocean. Reapply every two hours and after swimming.
- Wear shoes when leaving your beach blanket. There are several reasons for this:
- Sand and asphalt on a sunny day can quickly climb to a temperature that’s hot enough to burn the soles of your feet.
- Sharp objects can be invisibly hidden in the sand and cause a cut or puncture wound when you step on them.
- If you go to the restroom or changing area, having your feet covered will prevent you from contacting fungi and bacteria that cause athlete’s foot, warts, and toenail fungus.
- Don’t play beach sports in flip-flops. Sand is unstable, and flip-flops provide no structure or support for your feet. Many a sprained ankle has occurred due to twisting injuries sustained during beach play. If you anticipate frisbee, volleyball, or another active game on your beach day, pack a pair of sneakers.
- Stay hydrated. While this is a good idea for your entire body, you can reduce uncomfortable foot and ankle swelling by drinking plenty of water at the beach.
- Pack a mini-first aid kit. Some bandages, antibacterial ointment, an ace wrap, and moleskin may just save the day for minor injuries. If you are going to an ocean beach, throw in a small container of vinegar or baking soda to reduce pain from a jellyfish sting.
If you do sustain an injury on the beach that doesn’t seem to improve within a day or two, contact our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office for an appointment so that our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan can examine your feet and see if treatment is needed.