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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Safety
Tags: Ankle sprain  

As temperatures go down the number of fall related injuries that we see at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM begins to rise. Even though winter weather can make sidewalks, driveways and other walkways slippery, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a fall.

  • Choose the right shoes. While you might not pick high heeled boots or spiky party heels to go out and shovel snow, you might take a chance and run into a store on your way to a holiday party. Those few minutes, however, could end in a slip or fall that results in an ankle sprain or foot fracture. Always wear shoes with a good tread on the bottom to give you traction when walking in wet, slushy or icy conditions.
  • Watch where you walk. If it has snowed recently, plot a path into your office or store before getting out of the car. Look to see where the sidewalk or parking lot is most cleared of snow and preferably salted too. Be aware of shaded areas where an ice patch may be. Don’t carry so many shopping bags that you can’t see the sidewalk in front of you.
  • Check the lighting. Be sure that your front walkway as well as the way into the garage, back door or any other entrances into your home is well lit so you can avoid obstacles and slippery spots.
  • Keep a pair of gloves in your coat pocket—not your hands! Having your hands free can help you balance and brace yourself if you do slip. If you have your hands in your pockets because they are cold and you fall the injuries will likely be much worse.
  • Be sure current podiatric disorders are being properly treated. If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Pain can cause you to alter the way you walk, creating an unsteady gait and raising your fall risk.

If you do slip or even take a tumble contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410 if you are in pain or notice other symptoms such as swelling, bruising or tenderness. These could be signs of an injury that requires medical attention.

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