Spending time outdoors is a healthy way to enjoy the warm summer weather
in Florida. Taking part in summertime activities can
improve your heart and vascular health, but falls, trips, and other accidents can pose a threat to the bones
and joints of your feet and ankles. There are several simple tips you
can follow to prevent the most common foot and ankle injuries this summer,
regardless of the activities you plan to enjoy.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
One of the best ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries is to choose footwear
appropriate to your planned activities. Never wear flip-flops or sandals
to play sports or work out, and opt for closed-toed water shoes when exploring
the beach. Even if you’re spending time in your backyard or around
the pool, wear flip-flops or other footwear to reduce your risk of scrapes,
cuts, and other potential injuries. Make sure your footwear fits correctly
and is in good condition, and replace shoes if they become damaged or
worn, rather than trying to make them last.
Warm Up Before Activities
During the summer, it’s common to take part in spontaneous activities
during picnics or other get-togethers. However, the body needs time to
adjust to drastically different activity levels, especially if you are
not a regular athlete. Following a short regiment of
dynamic stretches before playing sports or working out, such as performing hops or lunges,
can also reduce your risk of a foot or ankle injury by promoting flexibility
and strength while preparing the body for motion.
At Palms West Hospital, our
Orthopedic & Spine Center specializes in joint care and the treatment of sports-related injuries,
including surgical services and rehabilitation near Loxahatchee, FL. If
you’d like more information about orthopedics at our hospital or
children’s hospital serving the Western Communities, please visit
our website to check out our services and health resources, or call (561)
345-7009 to speak with a registered nurse.