Puncture Wounds: Protecting Your Feet at the Beach
By Dr. Samual Adegboyega
August 07, 2013
Category: Wound Care
Tags: beach   puncture wounds   barefoot   flip-flops  

Protect Your Feet at the BeachWhat 1965 movie starred Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon?  If you rode the wave to see “Beach Blanket Bingo,” you’ll remember this movie and its teen sensations.  Disney is bringing its own spin to the beach movie with the aptly titled, “Teen Beach Movie.”  Barefoot youngsters sing and dance their way through a time travel adventure with a lot of fun along the way.

Most of us don’t sing or dance at the beach, but we all tend to kick off our shoes while enjoying a day in the sun.  This habit leaves our feet vulnerable to puncture wounds, but prevention is as simple as slipping on your favorite sandals. 

A deep laceration will end your time in the water due to the risk of infection, so take the matter seriously.  While it’s ok to have your toes free while sitting in the sun, as soon as you get ready to stroll, put on your shoes.  Flip-flops provide some protection, but thicker soled sandals or slip-ons are better options to prevent this type of injury.

If something goes wrong, and your foot is punctured, address the situation immediately.  A bleeding wound should be cared for by pressing a clean towel or other cloth against it.  Warm, clean water and a gentle soap can be used to clean it.  Stay out of the swimming area to reduce the risk of bacterial infection.  If you have an antibiotic cream, apply the medicine and cover the wound with a bandage.  It’s always a good idea to carry a first-aid kit with these materials.  Seek medical attention right away since the feet are often more prone to infection.

Don’t let your next beach holiday turn into a nightmare.  Call Gentle Touch Foot Care today immediately if you experience a foot wound.  Drs. Theall and Adegboyega take your foot care seriously, and will provide you with the care that you deserve.  Call the East Orange, NJ office today at 973-673-3668, or schedule online.

Photo used with permission from Microsoft.