5 Foot Precautions While at the Pool - Suffolk Foot and Ankle

5 Foot Precautions While at the Pool

5 Foot Precautions While at the Pool

Most people don’t wear shoes around the pool. Their feet are bare and without the protection of socks and shoes, there are risks. As you head outside to take a dip in the pool, be sure to keep these precautions in mind.

#1: Toenail Fungus

Poor hygiene isn’t the only reason some people suffer from toenail fungus. Damp areas, such as the ones around pools can cause it as well. When someone ends up with toenail fungus, it can be difficult to get rid of and it can take many months. To protect yourself from toenail fungus, wear flip flops around the pool. Only remove them when you’re about to step inside the pool.

#2: Sunburn

It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen on your feet, but the consequences are painful. Your feet are exposed to the sun just as much as the rest of your body. This is why many people end up with burned skin on the tops of their feet. The good news is that it’s quite easy to prevent this from happening – just put sunscreen on your feet. If you don’t have it or for some reason don’t want to (there’s no reason you shouldn’t), wear shoes or socks to cover them.

#3: Flip Flop Accidents

Flip flops aren’t the safest shoes to wear during the summer. Tripping over the front part of the flip flop or slipping are common accidents that can lead to serious injuries. Take it easy when you’re wearing flip flops. Walk slowly, watch where you’re walking, and never run in them. You can prevent flip flop accidents simply by wearing a different type of shoe that has more support.

#4: Stubbed Toe

Ouch. Just thinking about it will make you wince. It happens suddenly. You may just be walking around at a normal pace, and then all of a sudden, you scrape your toe on the concrete. Blood starts pouring out, and the pain is pretty intense. You can save yourself from all of this simply by wearing sandals or shoes.

#5: Glass

The reason many public pools do not allow glass bottles is because of this risk. When glass shatters on the ground, it can be difficult to get all the pieces of glass up, which means there could be some left behind that can become lodged into your foot. You can prevent this from happening by again wearing flip flops, sandals, etc. until you step into the pool.

What to Do When Injured

Mild injuries may only require some first aid care. If the injury is a bit more serious, it might be a good idea to seek medical attention to ensure there isn’t something else that needs to be done to prevent future problems. For instance, if a piece of metal becomes lodged into the foot, a tetanus shot may be needed.

A podiatrist can treat stubborn toenail fungus, so seek the help of one if you’ve tried over-the-counter medications.

Contact Suffolk Ankle and Foot Doctors for Help

If you’ve already injured yourself around a pool, consider contacting Suffolk Ankle and Foot for help. Our doctors specialize in common foot conditions that are typical for being outside barefoot around a pool. We have offices throughout Suffolk County, including East Patchogue, Riverhead, Medford, and Commack. Call us now for an appointment at 631-604-4948.