Although ankle sprains can happen anytime, the tail end of the year tends to send more people rushing to the podiatrist than any other. They aren’t the only injuries that may occur either. It’s also not uncommon for podiatrists to see a rise in cases of FHL tenosynovitis, plantar fascittis, hallux rigidus, metatarsalgia, athlete’s feet and frost bite. Most podiatry offices attribute those increases to poorly maintained surfaces, winter sports, badly chosen footwear, snow blowing and snow shoveling activities. They can all really wreak havoc on the ankle joint and the foot in general. With that said, local podiatrists are urging everyone to remember the following:
Do ditch the smooth-soled dress shoes, ultra thin pantyhose and high heel boots. Instead, opt for insulated, waterproof footwear that will provide sufficient traction, warmth and support for the weather at hand. If you’re prone to athlete’s feet, consider choosing a pair that features removable, washable inserts. And if you just have to keep your high heels and dress shoes around, only wear them inside where it’s dry.
Don’t go walking around after dark in poorly lit areas either. Doing so will only increase your risk of slipping on ice and snow. For those early mornings and nights when you need to pass through such areas, keep a small, LED flashlight or reusable, emergency glow stick on your person. They may help provide enough light to detect potential sidewalk, curbside or parking lot hazards.
Do think about wearing insulated socks and checking your feet regularly for signs of frost nip or frost bite. If your toes and feet look pale and feel somewhat numb, get off of them straightaway. Then take the necessary first aid measures to bring them back to normal. Should blood filled blisters, black scabs, extensive numbness and severe discoloration be present, head to the nearest Alton doctor’s office for emergency assistance.