Avoid a Beach Day Bust


Carefree summer days provide the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy one of Paco or Hernando County’s beautiful beaches. At Paso-Hernando Foot & Ankle, however, we know that you can ruin a day of fun in the sun if you suffer from one of these beach day hazards.

Sun and Sand Burns—it’s impossible to judge the temperature of sand or asphalt by looking at it. You may think it’s a short walk to your spot on the beach, but if the sun has been up for a while, you can end up burning the bottom of your feet very quickly. Burns to the skin from the sun is also common at the beach. Reflecting off the white sand intensifies the rays of the sun. Be sure to use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen after a dip in the ocean or every couple of hours.

Puncture Wounds—a walk on the beach can be relaxing unless you step on a sharp shell or piece of glass or other object buried out of sight. Wear flip-flops or water shoes to protect feet from puncture wounds and cuts. If you do sustain a cut on your foot, do not go into the water. There may be bacteria there that can enter the wound and cause an infection. Get a puncture wound examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales within 24 hours of the injury occurring to avoid complications.

Ankle Sprains—is there the possibility of a game of beach volleyball during your outing? Pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag. Flip-flops or sandals will not provide the proper side or arch support or heel cushioning necessary to prevent sprains, other injuries, and foot pain when running, playing frisbee or other active games at the beach.

If an injury does occur, make an appointment at our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office as soon as possible to get it evaluated.