Be Careful of Lacerations at the Beach
Lacerations are a usual injury of the foot since the feet are in contact with many surfaces that may contain sharp edges or debris that can cut the skin. Moreover, many choose to walk the beach barefoot to feel the warm sand. However, April happens to be the National Foot Health Awareness Month and we must do our part to impart the dangers of sustaining lacerations to your feet at the beach. If your foot does suffer a laceration, especially at the beach, we have some tips to follow that can help you to avoid some painful infections.
Tips for this type of injury involve:
- Washing the cut with clean water right away and rubbing hydrogen peroxide on it for safety precautions.
- Do not jump back into the ocean after sustaining a laceration to your feet to prevent any bacteria or debris present in the water from entering your wound.
- Refrain from walking on the sandy beach since it can cause an infection.
- Apply force and pressure to the laceration after it has been covered.
- Elevate the injured foot above the heart to reduce the speed of blood flow.
- Do not pull out debris from the wound as it can cause massive bleeding or damage to nerves. Do not allow for bandaging to press debris further into the wound and in its place, use a loose, sterile gauze to assist with blood clotting.
There are many dangers to having a foot laceration, specifically at the beach. We would advise you to contact us make sure that you have a working knowledge of how to care for such a wound until you can get medical attention. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatrylocated in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM,can help your feet have the best chance of avoiding complications or infections from recently acquired lacerations. So, please take a moment to make an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 if you believe your foot has undergone a laceration that requires proper medical attention.