Did you know many home and yard projects contain hidden dangers for your feet? The good news though, according to foot and ankle surgeons, is most injuries are avoidable if you take appropriate precautions.

Dr. Amber Shane, a foot and ankle surgeon in the Orlando, Florida, area and Fellow Member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, sees many patients coming in with foot and ankle injuries from home improvement projects gone wrong.

“Feet may be the last thing people think about while working on home improvement projects, but we see so many different types of foot and ankle injuries in our office, many of which can be avoided with proper shoe wear and extra caution,” Shane says.

Shane advises people to avoid working in bare feet or in sandals when engaging in any projects around the house, even the projects that seem harmless, such as power washing decks or using a ladder.