What You Can't See This Winter Can Hurt You

 

What You Can’t See This Winter Can Hurt You

Whether you live in a cold-weather climate or you’re visiting one, the winter season can be misleading. e snow is beautiful, but beware of what can lie underneath the beauty, including “black ice” and icy walkways. Use caution while outside to help prevent ankle sprains and fractures from ruining your season.

Wear the Right Shoes for the Weather Wear shoes or boots with a low heel and traction soles to ensure a more secure footing. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes, bring them in a tote and change into them when you arrive at your destination.

Check for Slippery Areas Watch your step when exiting your car or walking out of a building. Take notice of any potentially icy areas. Keep your hands free to support and help provide balance in case you begin to fall.

Keep Areas Near Doorways Well-Lit and Clear of Ice and Snow

Prevent your guests from falling upon entering or leaving your house this winter by keeping stairs and sidewalks well lit and clear of snow and ice.

Don’t Ignore an Injured Foot or Ankle If you do suffer an injury, don’t delay in calling our office for prompt evaluation and treatment or seeking immediate care at your local Emergency Department. In the meantime, the R.I.C.E. method should be followed.

Rest:

Stay off the injured foot or ankle; walking may cause further injury.

Ice:

Apply an ice pack to the injured area, placing a thin towel between the ice and the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.

Compression:

An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling, but not so tight it cuts off circulation.

Elevation:

e injured foot or ankle should be raised slightly above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.

Delaying treatment can result in long-term complications such as chronic ankle instability and pain, arthritis or deformity. Remember, just because you can walk on the injured foot, it doesn’t mean you should. You may still have a serious injury.

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