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The recent snow and cold temperatures have set the scene for winter fun! At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to get out and safely enjoy skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowboarding, or simply taking a winter wonderland walk.

5 ways to avoid common podiatric problems and injuries associated with winter sports:

  1. Always wear the proper footwear for the activity. Good traction is key in slippery conditions. If you’re out walking, choose boots with deep treads on the sole, not a smooth surface. Check winter sport boots to ensure they don’t need replacement. For children especially, check that they haven’t outgrown their current footwear. When renting ski boots and skates, be sure the size is correct—even if it means a few extra minutes before you can hit the ice or the slopes.

  2. Enlist the aid of good socks. Keeping feet warm and dry will enable you to enjoy your sport comfortably for several hours. While multiple pairs may help, the material of the socks also matters. Look for thin, moisture-wicking synthetic socks to wear closest to your skin, and add a second heavier pair on top for warmth. Reducing sweat means reducing friction, and the chances of getting a blister that ruins your winter fun. Padded socks can also decrease blister risk and increase comfort.

  3. Know your limits. No double black diamond or expert courses for beginners, or those that haven’t been on the slopes in a while. Choose the duration and difficulty level of your outing to coincide with your current fitness and ability level to avoid sprainsfractures, and other sports injuries. Use proper form and warm up before you start.

  4. Take time for daily care. Massaging in a rich moisturizer after showering and before bed will help prevent painful heel cracks, a common condition during the winter. Applying foot powder or roll-on antiperspirant in the morning to the soles of your feet will help them stay dry and reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

  5. Don’t play through pain. If you believe you have injured your foot or ankle somehow, stop. Continuing to put weight on the injured foot will only result in a worse or possibly even an additional injury. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange to see our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. While you wait for your appointment, use the RICE regimen (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), and stay off the affected foot as much as possible.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 25, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many of our Middlesex County families love winter sports activities like sledding, ice skating, and snowboarding. Cold-weather fun outdoors is COVID safe and comfortable to have at a socially safe distance. To ensure that your family minimizes the risk of injury and winter weather-related injuries, follow the tips below:

  • Protect feet, hands, and the rest of the body from frostbite by layering. Start with a pair of socks made of a material that wicks moisture away from the skin, and then add woolen socks for extra warmth. Check skin frequently. If it appears white or your child complains of numbness, these could be the beginning signs of frostbite. Get them inside immediately to warm up.
  • Check that boots and skates fit. Properly fitting footwear helps avoid blistersankle sprains, and foot pain. If you or a family member skate frequently, be aware of Haglund’s deformity—an enlarged bony protrusion at the back of your heel that can be aggravated by the high-back of skates.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast. Temperatures can drop rapidly, and snowstorms can come up suddenly, impeding vision and increasing the risk of an injury.
  • Match the activity to current fitness levels. With the pandemic, many people have experienced a drop in their fitness level. If this is true in your family, be aware that muscle fatigue may occur more quickly than you’d expect. Being fatigued makes it more likely to sustain an injury. Call it quits if someone is getting tired.
  • Stay hydrated! Water breaks provide a rest opportunity as well.
  • Get injuries checked promptly. If any family member injures their ankle or feet or is experiencing pain after participating in a winter sport, don’t delay seeking treatment. Contact our Cromwell office promptly by calling 860-632-5499 to set up an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will do a complete examination and diagnose any podiatric problems so you and your family can get back to enjoying the best fun winter has to offer!


 








 

 

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