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Here in Middlesex County, hunting season is upon us. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many hunters do not associate this activity with risk to the health and safety of their feet. Take the necessary precautions to protect your feet this hunting season.

 

Don’t try to defy gravity. Guess what the most significant cause of hunting accidents is? Surprise: it’s not firearms; it’s falling. According to the International Hunters Education Association, 6,000 hunters sustain injuries from falling out of elevated tree stands compared to fewer than 1,000 from guns. Among the more common injuries are fractures of bones in heels, feet, and legs. 75 to 80% of these falls happen as hunters ascend or descend a tree. There are a wide variety of harnesses available to prevent falls.

 

Fight fungal infections. Fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails love dark, moist places—like the insides of your boots. It’s a good idea to apply an anti-fungal powder to your feet before putting your socks on. If you wear two pairs of socks, make sure the one closest to your skin is a synthetic material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Keep a spare pair of socks in your pack and swap them out if you notice your feet feel sweaty.

 

Watch where you’re walking. Another common cause of ankle sprains, foot, and other injuries is tripping or falling over sticks, roots, rocks, or other natural materials. Be aware of what’s in your path and be particularly cautious if there is snow, mud, or ice on the ground.

Be sure to let someone know where you are hunting and what time you plan to be back, just in case an injury occurs when you are out of cell phone range. If you do have a foot or ankle injury while hunting, don’t delay in seeking medical attention. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and order any x-rays or other imaging studies to determine the full extent of an injury and proper treatment.



 








 

 

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