Protect Your Feet in the Cold Weather

Dr. Justin LoBello
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In our office, during the cold winter months, we tend to see an increase in winter-related foot and ankle injuries including ankle sprains, broken bones, and even raynaud’s phenomenon.

Here are some helpful winter tips in preventing foot and ankle problems as well as some initial home solutions to try before your office visit:

 

Keep Your Feet Dry

If it’s not possible to avoid cold and wet conditions outside, try to limit exposure to as much as possible.

Change socks regularly. Moisture-wicking socks are great in preventing sweat from accumulating within the shoes.

Blisters, frostbite, or raynaud’s related symptoms can potentially develop in cold, damp socks and shoes.

If blisters develop, they should be left alone, and it is not recommended to puncture on your own - these can potentially become infected.

If you suspect a frostbite injury - soak your feet in warm water (not hot water) for about 20-30 minutes. The warm water will allow your feet to gradually regain their normal temperature.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition in which your body responds to the cold temperature resulting in white, blue, or even red discolorations at the ends of your toes.

 

Stay active

Wiggling your toes in your boots is important in order to maintain adequate circulation in the extremities.

Avoid sitting too long when outside in the cold weather.

Keep hydrated, and take regular breaks if working outside.

 

Wear the Correct Shoes

When outside, make sure you put on a pair of water resistant boots or shoes. This will help prevent snow and rain from getting into your shoe gear in the first place.

Falls on wet pavement or ice are one of the most common causes of weather-related injuries.

Avoid high heels during the winter - use a boot with a flat and stable rubber sole.

Injuries such as ankle fractures, broken bones in the feet, or ankle sprains often result from falls during the winter months.

 

Call Us Today

If you develop a foot or ankle injury - do not delay care. If you suspect a sprain or broken bone, start home care right away. Remember the acronym “RICE.” Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

The sooner you begin to address your pain, the faster and more effective treatment options will be available.

Call us today at (516) 541-9000 to schedule your appointment. Or, if you wish, you can fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will reach out to you.


 

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