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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 Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 28, 2010
Category: Uncategorized

Winter is here. 20+ inches of snow on Boxing Day in the northeast was Mother Nature's holiday greeting to us all. It was light and fluffy, but still quite a chore to dig out, and with so much, there's still plenty of slush and ice to make things dangerous for drivers.


The most dangerous spots may well be on your own driveways, sidewalks and front steps at home. I can't begin to tell you how many patients have had serious injuries as a result of slips and falls after stepping outside just to do some innocent chore. Picking up a newspaper, taking garbage cans to the curb, checking the mailbox. Typically, they were wearing indoor shoes or slippers and the steps or walkway were a bit more slippery than expected.


I've treated my share of ankle sprains and fractures as a result, but I've also had patients suffer worse injuries to hips, backs, broken wrists and arms. All because "I was just going out for a minute".


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even if you're going out for a moment, such as checking the mailbox, dress appropriately. Besides keeping warm, wear appropriate footwear such as boots. If you don't want to use salt on the sidewalks and driveways, use sand or cat litter to improve traction.


If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, get somebody else to do the cleaning up, have somebody else pick up your mail and newspaper and stay inside until it is safe to go out. Please!


When the weather is bad, many times we can still make it into the office to see those patients who can make it in, BUT...please don't feel obligated to keep your appointment if conditions outside are icy or otherwise dangerous. For most conditions, there's nothing that can't wait a few days. Call the office

or contact us via our website to reschedule your appointment. We'd rather you arrive safe and sound and a few days later.


One last thing: If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, be a good Samaritan and help them dig out. Offer to sand. or salt sidewalks, bring in their mail, perhaps make a quick grocery store run if they need a couple of items. Its a neighborly thing to do.


Be safe!


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