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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 11, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we notice that there’s a correlation between season and the types of foot problems we see. Here are three injuries that are “trending” at this time of the year and how to avoid them:

Ankle Sprains—icy weather and slippery conditions provide ample opportunity for twisting your ankle. Ankle sprains are not only painful when they occur, they can lead to chronic ankle weakness and repeated sprains that can become quite debilitating. Although you can’t control the weather, here are a few ways to decrease your risk of slipping and spraining your ankle:

  • Wear shoes that are weather appropriate. If you know it’s going to be icy or slushy, wear boots or shoes with a textured tread for better gripping (you can always change into nicer shoes when you get where you’re going.)
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Choose the best cleared routes into buildings and stores. Look for sidewalks that are salted and be particularly vigilant when temps are just on the border of freezing—that’s when it can get slick quickly.
  • Don’t carry multiple packages at once. Not only are you thrown off balance if you are carrying to much, it also blocks your vision and makes it difficult to see changes in pavement height or to judge distance accurately when you’re stepp
  • ing off a curve.

Fractures—falls can also result in fractures, so all the above tips apply. However, a fracture that is often overlooked is one that is the result of a twisting injury, such as an ankle sprain. That’s why it’s important if you do suffer an ankle sprain that you make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, for a full evaluation of the injury.

Achilles Tendonitis—this one doesn’t result so much from weather conditions but rather from New Year’s resolutions. Many patients try to start the New Year off right by starting and exercise program. One of the biggest mistakes, however, is to do too much too soon which can aggravate the Achilles tendon and lead to tendonitis or even a tear. Slow and steady wins the race.

If you have any foot complaints, contact our Washington office today at: (724) 225-7410.

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