Winter beckons us outdoors in many ways, promising us thrills on skis, skates, and snowboards alike. Yet despite the scenery and exercise such activities offer, the team at Feet First Foot Care Specialists wants to warn you of an unfortunate yet typical price to be paid: An increased likelihood of sports-related injuries.

Don’t let winter worries keep you off your feet! By understanding these common complications, you can keep the snowy season full of joy and free of pain. Read on to learn how!

1. Ankle Sprains

Frequently incurred on icy ski slopes and frozen skating rinks, sprains happen when ankle ligaments stretch or tear due to sudden twists. Research shows that sprains account for over 20% of winter sports injuries, so they’re quite likely to strike throughout the season!

Prevention: Warm up thoroughly before venturing out, strengthen ankle muscles with exercises, and invest in supportive boots or skates with good ankle support.

Management: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is your first and easiest option. Crutches might be necessary for severe sprains.

2. Achilles Tendonitis

Repetitive stress from skiing, snowboarding, or skating can inflame the Achilles tendon, causing pain and tightness in the back of your ankle. Around 5% of winter sports injuries involve Achilles tendonitis, so it’s best not to underestimate it.

Prevention: Stretching the calves and Achilles tendon regularly is crucial. Choose footwear with good shock absorption and avoid sudden increases in activity. ESWT Shock Wave Therapy can work well.

Management: Physical therapy strengthens the tendon and prevents future flare-ups. In severe cases, injections or even surgery might be needed.

3. Ski Boot Blues

Ill-fitting boots can wreak havoc on your feet, causing pressure points, blisters, and even circulation issues. One study found improperly fitted boots contribute to up to 30% of skiing injuries!

Prevention: Get professionally fitted boots for proper support and comfort. Wear moisture-wicking socks and take breaks to air out your feet.

Management: Address blisters promptly with padding or protective bandages. For persistent pain or numbness, consult your podiatrist to rule out serious issues.

Dr. Adam Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists can ensure that you stay injury-free, whatever your activity. Call our office at 860-632-5499 or click here to schedule your appointment! You can also contact us online.

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