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The Perils of Spring Sandals

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Flips flops and your feetThe first day of spring is just around the corner, and splinter season is here. It’s an injury we don’t often think of when we haul out our sandals or run outside with bare feet to get the newspaper. We’re more focused on all the activities buzzing around Dallas, TX! One exciting event is the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 16, 2014. Outrageous floats, costumes, and a Mardi Gras atmosphere guarantee fun for the whole family. Whether walking in the parade or just enjoying the day’s festivities, be sure to wear a good pair of shoes.

Small problems can quickly grow into major ones and then our mobility can be seriously impacted. Walking around in flimsy flip flops that expose your toes and the sides of your feet put you at risk for getting a splinter. Tripping on a boardwalk or brushing up against an acacia (thorn tree) could lead to getting a little sliver or thorn in your skin. Walking around barefoot outside exposes your feet to everything lying on the ground.

A splinter is dangerous because it can bring in dirt and bacteria and leave an opening that is vulnerable to infection—a real concern if you are diabetic. Even if it is not painful, you should try and get it out as soon as possible. Try to lift it out with sticky tape, or even hair removal wax. Larger ones that you can see clearly can be gently pulled out with sterilized tweezers. If you can’t see the end, gently scrape the skin away with a sterilized needle until the end is visible. Apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Anything more serious in nature should be treated by a medical professional in order to prevent further injury.

If you are in need of foot care this spring, contact Dallas Podiatry Works. Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt are trusted foot experts available to help. Call our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323 or request an appointment online

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Dr. David R. Northcutt
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Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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