Winter Wipeouts and What You Can Do About Them

As most people know, winter brings more than freshly driven snow and icicles on the windows. Despite the pretty scenery, cold weather presents an increased risk of slips and falls. And unfortunately, even minor stumbles can cause injuries that inflict pain, restrict mobility, and lead to lasting damage.

Batavia Foot Care Center is here to help. This post will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to navigate winter falls and bounce back even stronger than before. To kick things off, we’ll examine three of the more common injuries that you should watch for, with a few hints for how to treat them, too.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains affect around 2 million Americans annually. A twist, roll, or uneven footing can stretch or tear ankle ligaments, leaving you with throbbing pain, swelling, and instability.

Treatment Options: 

Plantar Fasciitis

This chronic heel pain arises from inflammation in the band of tissue that supports your arch. Slippery surfaces and increased winter weight gain can exacerbate the condition.

Treatment options:

  • Supportive footwear, arch supports, and icing offer initial relief. Cortisone injections can ease inflammation in stubborn cases.
  • Shockwave Therapy is a high-tech, innovative method that is non-invasive as well. It delivers targeted sound waves to stimulate tissue healing and reduce pain.

Stress Fractures

Repetitive micro-cracks in bones, often in the midfoot or metatarsals, can occur from icy walks or increased winter activity. The pain may be subtle, but it worsens with weight bearing.

Treatment Options:

  • Offloading weight with crutches or a walking boot allows the fracture to heal.
  • Physical therapy strengthens surrounding muscles to stabilize the foot.
  • Severe fractures can necessitate surgical intervention to stabilize the affected bones.

There’s one foolproof way to handle the winter worries above: Stay in regular touch with your podiatrist!

Batavia Foot Care Center offers a full range of therapies and treatment options. Our expert team, including board-certified podiatrists Dr. Dawn K. Dryden and Dr. Courtney M. Foote, serves patients of all ages in Batavia, New York. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!