Beware Fish Hook Foot Puncture Wounds This Summer, Warn NY Podiatrists

Posted by on Monday, August 10th, 2015

Summer is a great time for fishing, whether you frequent one of the beautiful local New York beaches or head down south for more competitive sport fishing. New York podiatrists recommend wearing thick-soled water shoes when out on the beach and taking special care to watch where you’re walking. “A foot puncture wound is a very, very nasty thing,” states Dr. Ryan Minara from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. “Fishing hooks don’t just hit the surface-level skin. By design, these tools are made to hang on and not let go. They often tangle up in nerves, tendons, ligaments and even bones to make for a really painful, tricky situation,” he explains. We can’t tell you the exact specifics on NY beaches, but CBS News reports retrieving 81 fishing hooks from the neighboring New Jersey shoreline.1http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/16/hundreds-of-condoms-thousands-of-tampon-applicators-found-among-nj-beach-trash/ That’s a lot of potential foot injuries!

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Be careful out on the beach, warn NY doctors. Don’t get hooked like this poor fish! Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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1. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/16/hundreds-of-condoms-thousands-of-tampon-applicators-found-among-nj-beach-trash/