Kids’ Feet & Ankle Safety
While your kids may love to go barefoot during the summer, doing so may expose their feet to numerous potential injuries that can ruin the rest of the season for them. Follow these tips to keep your kids on their feet all summer long.
- What lies hidden in the grass, dirt or sand can wreak havoc on bare feet. Nails, shards of glass, discarded toothpicks, slivers of wood, pieces of seashell at the beach or thorns from trees and plants can puncture the skin of the foot and cause serious injury. Even after the object is completely removed from the foot, any dirt or bacteria pushed into the puncture wound can lead to an infection, painful scarring or even a cyst. Any puncture wounds should be treated promptly in our office within 24 hours.
- Be cautious around bicycles and lawnmowers. Besides the hidden dangers, “everyday kid injuries” can also interrupt a summer break. Protect your kids’ feet and ankles from traumatic injuries caused by bicycles and lawnmowers by making sure they wear sturdy shoes while riding a bike or when cutting the grass.
- Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of their feet.Feet, like shoulders, burn faster than the rest of the body since they are more perpendicular to the sun’s harmful rays. Not only is sunburn of the feet painful, it can also cause skin cancers that often go unnoticed until they become serious.