While there is never a good time to sustain a foot or ankle injury, the colder months make you more susceptible to these injuries. They also are the most inconvenient times to hurt your feet or ankles too. Whether an ankle sprain, frostbite or broken toes, damage can vary from patient to patient. However, with the help of your River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL podiatrists--Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh and Dr. Michael Lacey at the Center for Podiatric Medicine--you can learn preventative measures to take during this cold weather season.
Foot and Ankle Safety Tips This Winter
Injury prevention is important especially for those who have sustained an injury recently, have poor circulation, nerve damage or other conditions that make them more prone to injury. There are three main tips you should follow to limit your chance of injury this winter.
1. Wear adequate footwear.
Wearing warm shoes or boots that protect the foot is highly recommended. Water-resistant, insulated options are the most preferred as they create a barrier between the feet and the outside elements. Wearing high heels on icy surfaces are a no-no unless you want to sustain an injury from a bad fall. Wear low-heeled shoes or boots with traction that prevent slipping from occurring.
2. Keep your feet dry.
It’s no secret that our Chicago sidewalks can be slippery, so try to protect yourself the best you can. This goes hand in hand with wearing the right shoes as they should protect your feet from the elements and, in turn, keep them dry. Moisture-wicking socks can help prevent sweating or moisture accumulation, both of which can lead to fungal infections.
3. Seek professional help from a River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John podiatrist.
In the case you suspect you have sustained an injury, it’s important to visit a professional immediately. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, our podiatrists can closely evaluate your condition and treat you according to your specific injury. They are well versed in all injuries and can offer helpful tips on how to prevent future injuries from occurring too.
To schedule an appointment at The Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL, call today.