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Are Swimming Injuries Like Anne Hathaway’s More Common Than You Think?

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You have probably heard about Anne Hathaway’s trouble in the water while vacationing in Hawaii at the beginning of this month. It’s been on the news, and photographs of the incident have been all over tabloids and magazines.


It seems Hathaway was swimming in the ocean when she was caught in a rip tide and got into trouble. But in recent interviews, Hathaway has said the incident wasn’t quite as bad as it’s been made out to be. She may not have been in as much danger as the photos make it look like, but we know she did suffer one small injury, a cut on her foot, which was apparently caused by a reef.


We wanted to take this opportunity to warn you that these types of injuries are not uncommon. Foot injuries while swimming occur fairly frequently, but usually more often during the summer months. They don’t always occur in the water either. With so many people walking around in flip-flops or even barefoot, puncture wounds and cuts to the feet are a real danger.


If you’re planning a vacation to the beach this spring, keep these tips in mind:


  • Wear footwear around pools and other swimming areas, and be sure to follow the pool rules. Glass is prohibited in pool areas for a reason!
  • If you are an avid swimmer, watch out for foot or ankle pain and signs of tendinitis. Just like any other sport, swimming can cause injuries. If you notice pain, take a break from activity and if the pain continues, see a doctor.
  • Be very cautious when swimming in lakes, rivers, the ocean or other natural water areas. They’re not as well regulated as pool areas, and even if there is not glass or debris from other people, rocks, reefs, and other objects in the water can cause serious cuts. Don’t wade in murky water where you can’t see what you’re stepping on! Also, the bottoms of creeks and other waterways can be slippery! Be very careful.
  • Do you carry a swimming bag? If so, stick a small first aid kit in along with your sunscreen and towel! It never hurts to be prepared. That’s apparently exactly what Anne Hathaway’s husband did! He got a first aid kit and bandaged up her foot for her.


If you sustain a wound on your foot while swimming, see a podiatrist for treatment. It is important to avoid infection, and the best way to do that is with prompt treatment.


You can contact our office online or at (888) 713-0906 for an appointment.


Category: Preventative Care


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