At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know slippery winter weather dramatically increases the number of ankle sprains we see in our Middlesex County patients. However, there are ways to decrease your risk of an ankle-twisting injury.
Do: keep your driveway, walkway, and the sidewalk around your house cleared of snow. Add salt or sand to prevent slips. One of the most common sites of accidents is at your own home.
Do: keep at least one hand free. Holding your briefcase in one hand, a last-minute Christmas gift, and takeout dinner in the other means you may not be able to see that icy patch in front of you. If you stumble, you won’t have a hand to grab something to steady or balance yourself. Always make sure you can see where you are going.
Don’t: talk and walk—on the cell phone, that is. Many people have missed a curb partially covered in snow or slush because they spoke on the phone and ignored the path before them or the conditions.
Do: wear weather-appropriate boots. Generally, work and party shoes will not keep you safe on slippery sidewalks, driveways, and stairs. Pack shoes you wish to wear at your destination and change into those after you arrive.
Do: carry a little kitty litter. Keep a small amount in a sealed plastic bag in your pocket. If you come upon an icy or slick stretch, sprinkle some in front of you for added traction as you carefully walk.
If you happen to suffer an ankle injury or fall despite all your efforts to stay upright, don’t delay in contacting our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your ankle to determine the severity of the injury.
Before your visit with us, use the R-I-C-E regimen to treat your ankle: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.