winter tips for your feet articleWith ice, snow and subzero temperatures comes the risk for serious foot and ankle problems for anyone who spends time outdoors during the winter.

When the wintry mix hits, we often see patients with ankle sprains, broken ankles and foot stress fractures caused by slips and falls.

If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury after a fall on the ice or snow, be sure to seek care as soon as possible—either in our office or the closest emergency department—and follow these guidelines until you can be evaluated:

Initial Treatment

• Follow the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) to decrease pain and reduce swelling.
• Use an elastic bandage, splint or brace to immobilize the joint to eliminate motion.
• Avoid walking or putting weight on the joint until we can determine the extent of ligament damage
caused by the injury.

Tips to Avoid Winter Ankle/Foot Injuries

• Keep areas around outside doorways well-lit so icy patches are visible.
• Wear shoes or boots with a traction sole that can prevent slipping.
• Check for slippery spots before getting out of a car or walking on stairs.

Source: This information was developed by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons |