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By drjenniferz@clevelandfootdoctors.com
April 15, 2013
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Spring is the time to clear out the remains of the treturous ohio winters from the yard. 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 have access.

 

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, esp. when carrying heavy loads across the yard.

 

Remember, yard work is a 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.Stretching

 

Written by: Dr. Jennifer Zienkowski-Zubel, DPM

 

If you or someone you knows suffers an injury during your labors within the yard, please give 1 of our 3 offices a call for a consultation:

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Middleburg Heights Office: Phone (440) 243-1473

Lyndhurst Office: Phone (216) 382-8070

Beachwood Office: Phone (216) 591-1905

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