Did The Sand Burn Your Feet?

The day is here, you’ve arrived at the beach, finally! You see the water a short distance away and you’re eager to get your feet in that water. So, like many others, you take your shoes off and start walking on the sand towards it. Yep, the sand is hot, but the water is just right there, so, you keep walking.

Your feet begin to ache and the burning increases, but of course, you keep walking, because the water is right there. Whew! You made it, your feet can get relief from the heat in the cool water.

You may feel fine now, but later you could be surprised at the type of damage you may have caused on the bottoms of your feet.

When the weather outside is 75 degrees, the sand could be as high as 105 degrees! That’s hot on your delicate skin!

Take precautions when the weather is warm:

-Wear shoes whenever possible. Even better, wear water moccasins; your feet will be protected from injury, but will still be comfortable getting wet.

-Apply sunscreen to your feet too! Apply generously to the tops and bottoms of your feet, your ankles and your legs.

-If you must walk barefoot, keep it to a minimum and try to stay on paths that are dry and shaded.

What to do if you think you have burned your feet:

Seek medical attention

-DO NOT use cold water or ice!

-Use luke warm water instead.

-DO NOT use tissue or cotton! They will stick to the site of injury and potentially cause infection.

-Wrap site of injury loosely with gauze.

-Avoid continued sun exposure.

-DO NOT puncture the site of any blisters; doing so could cause an infection.

 

If you’re not sure if you have burned your feet, give us a call and let’s get you in for an evaluation. It is always better to be safe than sorry.  (707) 578-1222

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