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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

For most of us, the majority of our week is spent at our workplace. Making appropriate footwear choices and taking steps to ensure the safety of your feet are essential to preventing injury and long term foot and ankle problems. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer the following tips for keeping your feet safe and comfortable at work:

Make Good Footwear Choices—every job has different requirements and employees need to take into consideration the work environment when choosing shoes. If you work where there are areas that contain hazardous chemicals, strong cleaning solutions or construction materials, you will want to have protective footwear that completely prevents them from coming in contact with your feet. Jobs that have you on your feet all day necessitate shoes with low, wide heels and good arch support to prevent heel pain and sore feet. Critical to the health of your feet regardless of type of shoe is the fit. Shoes that are too big or too small or put pressure on a particular part of your foot are going to cause short and long term foot issues. Avoid high heels and narrow, pointy toe boxes. These can encourage toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Get Moving—feet are meant to be mobile. If you have a desk job, look into a standing desk or at least take a few minutes every hour or so to stand, stretch and take a quick walk to another part of your office. For standing jobs, be sure to sit at lunch or put your feet up on your breaks. During periods of standing, contract and release your calf muscles and flex and stretch your knees, feet and ankles.

Protect from the Inside Out—another danger to your feet is overheating and spending hours in damp, sweaty socks and closed in shoes. This is the perfect environment for bacterial and fungal infections to thrive. If you find that your feet sweat excessively at work, use an antifungal foot powder daily and consider bringing an extra pair of socks to work to change into part way through the day.

Clear the Way—whether you work in a classroom, an office or on a construction site, one major way to prevent tripping, falls and ankle sprains is by keeping walkways clear of debris and work materials. Take time in the beginning and at the end of your work day to pick up any items that could be a fall hazard.

If you find that you are experiencing consistent foot pain at the end of your work day, contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be able to assess your foot condition and make the necessary recommendations to reduce pain and make your work day more comfortable.

 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Foot Injury   foot safety  

In the summer months, most of us will be trying to keep ahead of lawn care, mowing probably once a week or every other week. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to urge our patients to be mindful of lawn mower safety precautions.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that over 37,000 Americans will have a power mower injury this year. The vast majority of these injuries are preventable! Below are some important tips to keep your feet safe while mowing:

  • Never mow a lawn that is wet. Losing control of a mower on slippery, wet grass is the most common cause of foot injuries from lawn mowers.

  • Always wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing. Sandals and canvas sneakers cannot compete with blades that are whirling at the rate of 3,000 revolutions per minute.

  • For steep yards, mow slowly across slopes, not up and down.

  • Keep the clip bag attached whenever you mow. This will prevent sticks and rocks from being launched as projectiles into you or others nearby.

  • Protect children by making sure they are supervised and will not come onto the lawn while you are mowing. Children under the age of 14 are among the two most at risk age groups for mower accidents. Never let a child ride on your lap while mowing the lawn.

  • Don’t ever pull a running lawn mower backwards.

  • If purchasing a new mower, look for one that has a release mechanism on the handle that will automatically shut the mower off if your hands let go of the handle.

If you do suffer a lawn mower accident to your foot—even a minor cut—be sure to stop and treat it right away. Lawn mower blades are very dirty and infection could quickly develop in a wound from a mower. If your injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, be sure to follow up with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, at your earliest convenience. The foot doctor will want to be sure that any foot injury is healing properly. To make an appointment, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.










 

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