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Now that we are in full swing of winter, it’s time to talk about all the fun you and your children will have during the cold winter months! Most winter activities, related to snow and ice can be a lot of fun but come with their share of possible foot and ankle injuries too.

The most common injuries that children and adults encounter while having winter fun include:

  • Stress fractures or broken bones: These are common from slips and falls on the slippery ice and snow.
  • Overuse injuries: Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are common overuse injuries from straining the feet and ankles. If they seem to affect you often, we can help you with custom orthotics.
  • Ankle sprain: These injuries are also common from slips and falls, or twists of the ankles.
  • Blisters: Certain types of shoes or ill-fitting shoes can often cause blisters with winter activities.

Many of these injuries have to do with wearing the right shoes for the activity and making sure they fit well. Prevent winter fun foot injuries by checking your winter footwear habits:

  • Ski/snowboard boots and snowshoes – These are specific to the activity and need to fit properly to enjoy the activity without injury. Footwear that is too big or loose can cause you to lose control, as well as require a lot of strain and effort from your feet. Footwear that is too small or tight can leave you with cramped toes and blisters.
  • Ice skates – To glide effortlessly across the ice, you’ll need to have skates that fit well. Most skates tend to be pointy in the front, so be sure that your feet are not too cramped when trying them on. Otherwise, you can aggravate bunions, neuromas, and other toe issues like hammertoes. If you tend to blister in the same areas, use padding or a bandage to prevent excessive chafing of the skin.
  • Hiking boots – If you like taking winter hikes, be sure to have boots with thick tread to help you grip the snowy trails. Check out our tips on choosing your children’s hiking shoes.
  • Winter boots (in general) – If your children’s favorite activity in the winter is to go sledding, snow tubing, or snowball fights, there aren’t special shoes for those activities. You’ll still want to use winter boots, which we talked about here.
  • Socks - Okay, so these are not shoes, but are important to think about. Try on all winter shoes and boots with socks to make sure that thick socks can be accommodated comfortably.

More tips for preventing injuries during winter activities:

  • Start slowly, stretch, and warm up.
  • Prevent Frostbite. Children and adults should make sure that snow and ice do not get into the shoes. When socks and shoes are wet on the inside, the feet can be at risk for frostbite in cold temperatures. If socks get wet during winter fun activities, change them so that feet are not exposed to the cold for a long period.
  • Supervise children when they are participating in outdoor winter activities like sledding and snow tubing. If they are too rowdy, it can cause collisions with other children and injuries to many other parts of the body, including the head.

Have you or your child suffered an injury while trying to have some winter fun? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet, and find the best treatment for any winter foot injuries. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you walking.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Frostbite   stretching   injury  

It’s the season of snow! Snow-covered streets and lawns can be such a wonderful sight to see on a serene weekend morning. But when it’s on a workday, it can be a stressful discovery. Not only do you have to do all your morning routines, now you have to add shoveling the driveway and walkways to the list of things to take care of.

Just like with our raking safety blog post, there are important tips for staying safe while shoveling:

The Right Gear

Gloves, socks, and warm clothing are a must. If possible, you’ll want to wear waterproof gloves to prevent icy fingers. If it’s still snowing, a hat or a hooded jacket will not only keep your head warm but will regulate your core body temperature.

Proper footwear is essential.  Boots with warm insulation well help prevent your feet from freezing and maybe even frostbite! Don’t forget those wool socks.  They will keep your feet toasty as well as wick away sweat from your feet.

Make sure you boots have the following:

  • Good traction on the bottom
  • A snug fit around the ankles or calves
  • Warming features like fur-lining or good insulation

Warm Up and Posture Up

Yes, it will be cold, so not only should you warm up your body to prevent from getting cold, you should warm up so that your muscles do not get injured if you strain while you shovel.

Warming up tips:

This can help prevent strained ankles and feet, as well as your back. In addition, to prevent back pain, use the following posture tips:

  • Bend at the knees, not at the back. Many people end up pulling their back muscles while lifting or pushing large amounts of snow.
  • Keep the feet wide apart to give you balance and stability. The surface of your driveway may not be smooth and may have ice built up under the snow layer, so it’s important not to slip – risking hip, knee, ankle, or foot injury.
  • Turn your feet in the direction of where you are throwing or pushing the snow, also to prevent strain on the back and ankles and prevent slipping.

Do you have an injury from shoveling? Maybe your snow boots need some more support. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 06, 2017

Some of you may be happy that winter is here because of the start of the skiing or snowboarding season! It’s a great workout and if you push yourself, the thrill can be more than enough to sustain you for the rest of the year! Of course, we want you to have the safe and enjoyable time, so we’ve got some tips as to how you can prevent some foot and ankle injuries when you hit the slopes!

  • Use safety gear. This doesn’t just go for skiing or snowboarding boots. Even the most seasoned skier and snowboarders can end up in an accident that can lead to severe injuries. Helmets, goggles, gloves, ski poles, and other padding (for beginners) are essential to preventing major injuries, like broken bones.
  • Know your level. Pay attention to signs and be sure to go down trails that suit your level. When you or another skier gets out of control, the collision and resulting rolling can cause major injuries. If you accidentally end up on a more difficult slope, take it slow, or carry your skis/snowboard and walk down until you get to a more manageable point.
  • Make sure your boots and skis/snowboard fit you properly. Footwear should be snug so that it feels like it is part of your leg. If you feel like it is tightened to the point of losing circulation, loosen it a little bit. Repetitive use of boots that are too tight could lead to bruises and irritation or inflammation of nerves or tissues.  If they are loose or don’t move with you, you risk twisting your ankle, which could lead to a sprain
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Your shoes will be snug in the boots, and with the downward motion, your toes may become crammed into each other. Especially if you have curly toes or other toe deformities, you’ll want to keep your toenails trimmed so that they do not cut into the other toes. Cuts can become painful and infected if not cleaned and treated properly.
  • Wear warm socks. It’s important to wear warm, dry socks to prevent blisters and frostbite. You may want to bring multiple pairs with you to change into throughout your day of skiing or snowboarding. When socks become wet, either from snow or sweat, the cold can lead to frostbite, especially if you don’t come out of the boots for a while. Wet socks can also cause more friction between your skin, socks, and boots.

Are your feet beat up from shredding through the snow? Need some more support in your shoes? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 18, 2015
Tags: Frostbite  

What is hard to predict, hard to prepare for and something that changes from year to year? You guessed it, it’s the weather! Here in the Northeast, we have been experiencing some strange weather phenomena. Every year, the summers and the winters have been hard to forecast accurately, and most days, it ends up being sunnier than average or cooler than normal. Let’s blame global warming.

We all know that we need to keep our heads and bodies covered and wrapped up in winter, but did you know that your fingers and toes need equal protection? So, next time you look out the window and the bright, sunny sky fools you, don’t be fooled. Take out your phone weather app or check the news to check the temperature and the wind chill factor. You may need those boots and gloves after all, as this is the only way to prevent a common winter condition known as frostbite. It takes just 5 minutes to develop frostbite in very low temperatures.

What is frostbite?

Frostbite means that a part of your body freezes. Generally, toes and feet are affected. But, even your nose and ears can get frostbite. Not to worry though, frostbite although serious, can be treated.

What are the symptoms?

Frostbite happens quickly and worsens without treatment. It usually occurs in stages:

1st stage:

You are outside, in the cold, without weather appropriate clothing. Your skin turns white or a faint yellow and starts to burn.

2nd stage:

Your skin turns hard and appears shiny. You may form blisters. When your skin thaws, it may be filled with fluid or pus or blood.

3rd stage:

Skin is very hard and feels cold. It turns dark and looks more like a bruise. You will most likely feel numb in the area at this stage and it is in its most advanced stage.

How to treat Frostbite:

  • Get out of the cold and warm up.
  • Warm the area in a tub of hot water for 30 min.
  • Dry the area with a soft towel. Don’t pick or rub the blisters.
  • Protect area by wrapping in socks or wear a glove.
  • Drink adequate water to hydrate your body.
  • Go see a podiatrist or your general physician immediately.

Frostbite is no fun. If you experience symptoms such as numbness or severe pain, go to the emergency room immediately. For non-urgent symptoms and care for blisters on the feet, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon Macy. Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist and he is ready to provide you the best care for frostbite on the feet.

Dr. Brandon Macy specializes in treating children and adults with all types of foot and ankle conditions. Visit us today at Clark Podiatry located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us today (732) 382-3470 and see how we can keep your feet warm, all winter long!

 

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 22, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips

This year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey on February 2 between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Not only will it be the first time it will be played in this area, it is the first time that the Super Bowl is being played outdoors in a cold climate.  As everybody knows, this has been a very cold and snowy winter already with single digit temperatures not seen in a number of years in these parts. 

The NFL Super Bowl Committee has made plenty of preparations in anticipation of all sorts of weather conditions.  Contingencies for rain, snow, cold and who-knows-what-else have been in the works for years.  Fans attending the game will be treated to hand warmers and heated seat cushions--that is, for those not fortunate enough to have found their way into a heated private luxury box. I’m also sure that the first aid folks have prepared for possible cold-related injuries to fans in the stadium. 

But there is one thing that I believe they may have overlooked to some extent, COLD FEET!  It is something to keep in mind the next time you go to an outdoor sporting event in November, December or January—be it a football game or one of those outdoor hockey games the New York Rangers will play against the New Jersey Devils or (*cough*) New York Islanders in Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week.  You can wear the best in thermal gear—hats, gloves, socks, boots, multiple layers of thermal clothing—but it is always a challenge to keep the feet warm. 

The reason for that has less to do with the socks, multiple layers of socks or thermal boots that people pile on.  The problem lies in the stadium itself—the cement grandstands.  It gets very, very cold and literally sucks the heat out of the soles of your feet.  I was at the last Rutgers home football game in December when it was in the 30s. I dressed well and ate well at the tailgate.  My body was warm, but as the game progress, I could feel the chill in the soles of my feet. 

What’s the answer?  Do whatever you can do to keep something substantial and insulating between your feet and the cement.  Somebody once told me they use to bring the Sunday New York Times to Giants’ games, not to read, but to put under their feet to stay warm.  

Keep that in mind if you have lucked into tickets for the Super Bowl or are venturing out to see hockey played in Yankee Stadium for the first time.  Warm feet make for a warm body and a much more pleasant time at the game. 

As for me, I’ll be watching from my usual place at home, as my wife and I host an annual Super Bowl party for friends and family.  It’ll be MUCH warmer, we won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for tickets, and we won’t have to worry about freezing our feet! Besides, as you can see from the picture, I've already gotten my nands on the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the winner of the game.  Who do you like to win?  

Can the Seattle defense get to Peyton Manning, or will he be able to pick apart and silence their great (and trash-talking) secondary?  I've always been told that defense wins championships.  We'll see on February 2.

 

 

 

 

 



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