Everyone loves the beautiful fall colors of autumn. However, once the leaves begin scattering all over the yard, it isn’t always such a welcome sight! The autumn leaves can create a lot of extra yardwork, and not always in the best kind of weather. Keeping your yard maintained takes a lot of time and effort. As you work to clean up your leaves and get your yard ready for winter, follow these tips from The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons to help keep your feet and ankles safe as you work outside.
- Wear Proper Footwear– If you are lucky enough to be doing your yardwork in warmer temperatures, stay away from sandals or flip flops when you are working. Close-toed shoes are the best way to keep your feet protected from sharp objects, blades from power equipment, or sharp sticks.
- Don’t Work Outside When It’s Wet- Wet grass or leaves can make things slippery and cause injuries to your feet and ankles. Avoid working anyplace that poses a slip or fall risk, especially when you are carrying heavy loads.
- Remember to STRETCH- Yardwork can be a good workout! Stretching and warming up can help avoid stressing muscles and tendons in the feet, ankles, and calves as you work in the yard.
- Keep Kids Away From Equipment- Power equipment such as leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and chainsaws can help make yardwork easier. Make sure to keep your equipment put away where kids can’t have access to it. When you are operating power equipment, remember to keep your kids at a safe distance to avoid any accidents.