Winter is here, and accidents may happen when the snow falls or when ice forms on sidewalks. The doctors at New England Podiatry Associates see common injuries that are frequent during the winter, and we’re here to help you stay safe. Here are three suggestions for avoiding ankle sprains, ankle fractures, bumps, and bruises.
Look down first
One of the easiest ways patients can prevent winter injuries is to watch where they’re walking. It sounds simple, but it can be the difference between a slip and a save. Following snowfall or low overnight temperatures, surfaces may be slippery. While you can see snow-covered patches of ice, there are also icy spots that aren’t as simple to detect. Before walking around, consider anti-icing techniques to lower your risk of a fall.
Choose the right footwear
Wear the right shoes for the weather for two reasons: protect your feet from cold, wet conditions and allow proper traction to help you navigate slippery surfaces. We recommend supportive shoes without worn soles. Choose the right style and size, and avoid wearing high heels or fashion boots with little to no traction.
Be a great neighbor
Do you have a senior neighbor? Help them clean off their sidewalk or driveway. Americans over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of falling. These falls can be life-threatening or severely limit future mobility. When the temperatures dip or snowflakes call, reach out to your neighbors, especially senior citizens.
Winter is still here, so we encourage our patients to stay watchful with each step. At New England Podiatry Associates, Dr. Michael Hass, Dr. Alan Green, Dr. Stephen Tubridy, Dr. Ronald Etskovitz, Dr. Raymond Murano III, and Dr. Catherine Jacobs treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, foot and ankle pain, pediatric foot care, ingrown toenails, and flat feet. Equipped with a board-certified podiatrist team, we offer two convenient locations to provide excellent care for patients in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. Contact our Chestnut Hill office at 617-232-1752 and our Newton-Wellesley office at 617-630-8280. We are still offering a telemedicine option for your safety and convenience.