Amusement Park Foot Safety
Posted by Jenn F. on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Roller coaster junkies have five new, highly-anticipated rides debuting for the summer of 2013, from Cedar Point in Ohio to Silver Dollar City in Missouri. Amusement parks can be a lot of fun, but they can also bring about tremendous amounts of pain if proper foot care isn’t taken into consideration. Here are several other tips for amusement park foot safety this summer…
Wear Sensible Shoes.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, 477 state and federal lawsuits were filed against Orlando resorts from 2004 to 2008. Of those, 46% involved people who said they had “slipped or tripped” during their visit to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or Busch Gardens. It’s important to leave flip-flops and sandals at home, in favor of a sturdier shoe with a non-slip outsole and proper fit.
“Wearing a good pair of walking shoes while doing a lot of walking and standing in line can help keep your feet from hurting by the end of the day,” says Dr. Katherine M. Lai of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC. She adds, “The advantages of wearing a closed shoe include having protection for your feet from sunburn and not having straps that can rub and cause blisters if your feet start to swell.”
While it may seem ideal to let your feet air out during the hot summer months, flip-flops and sandals can fly off or get stuck on rides, causing a hazard. One man was decapitated by a zooming coaster when he hopped a fence to retrieve a hat he had lost. That could easily happen with a lost shoe as well! Some amusement parks — like Adventureland in Farmingdale, New York — express their expectations for footwear right on the official website. “Flip flops and open toed shoes are not permitted on the rides,” according to the rules for the park.
Some shoes expose the tops of feet to the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the feet if that is the case.
Bring Extra Socks.
Often, foot injuries like blisters are caused by friction from wet socks and shoes. Bringing a pair of clean, dry socks can be a real help.
Consider Water Shoes.
Don’t miss out on water rides like “Splash Mountain” or the classic log flume. Find a pair of water shoes with good arch supports.
Invest In Custom Insoles For Chronically Achy Feet.
A podiatrist can fir you with customized insoles if your feet are often achy from standing or walking all day at work. For some people, even buying over-the-counter memory foam insoles from a pharmacy can provide relief during a long day of pavement-pounding.
Use Moleskin To Prevent Blisters.
Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin Padding or Band-Aid Blister Block can prevent the most vulnerable part of the feet from rubbing against your shoes. If you know you always get blisters on your back heel, it’s best to preempt the injury with one of these products. If you already have a blister, the protective covering can allow healing and prevent ulceration or infection.
Following these tips will ensure that your summer feet stay happy and healthy. Visit our NYC office for an annual checkup.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.