Yard Cleanup can Be Tough on Fet
Yard Cleanup Can Be Tough On Feet
Fall is the time to clear out the remains of summer gardens from the yard. Dr. Todd Cindric, DPM, FACFAS, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, reminds you to keep your feet and ankles safe from injury by following these helpful tips.
Wear appropriate shoes for the task:
No matter how warm it is, don’t wear sandals. Wear sturdy leather shoes with support to protect
your feet from sharp objects, including the blades of power equipment.
Keep children away from power equipment:
Protect your kids and others from severe trauma. Leaf blowers, power lawn mowers and chain
saws should not be left out where kids are playing or where other inexperienced users can
Don’t work on wet surfaces:
Don’t work on wet surfaces. Ankle sprains and fractures can easily occur from slipping on wet
grass or leaves, especially when carrying heavy loads across the yard.
Remember, yard work is workout!
Before starting your yard work, warm up and perform stretching exercises, just as you would
before working out at the gym. By stretching prior to activity, you can help avoid stressing
muscles and tendons in the foot, ankle and calves. If you overdo it, get in to see your foot and ankle specialist for proper care of your injury!