Posts for category: fall prevention

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 05, 2018
Category: fall prevention

The hustle and bustle of the holidays combined with falling temperatures and slippery conditions can set patients up for a fall. At Affiliated Foot& Ankle Care we don’t want our patients to be sidelined from holiday fun with a foot or ankle injury. Below are 6 tips for reducing your risk of a holiday season tumble:

  1. Be savvy about shoes—footwear with an anti-slip tread is critical when sleet, slush, and ice are in the forecast. If holiday festivities call for heels, pack them and change when you get to the party. Forgo fashion and choose low-heeled boots for shopping and running errands.
  2. Keep feet dry—overly hot malls, cars, and offices can cause feet to sweat. Damp feet stuck for hours in closed shoes and boots create the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Keep a spare pair of socks in your desk or car and change when you notice your feet are damp.
  3. Pay attention—although your to-do list may be a mile long, don’t be distracted when walking or shopping. Watch where you’re going and be aware of uncleared patches of sidewalk or dark pavement that may be icy. Avoid carrying so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.
  4. Plot your path—on snowy days, look for the clearest path to get from your car to your office or into stores or other places you need to go. Be aware that vestibules and the steps right inside a building may be particularly slippery from everyone’s wet boots and shoes.
  5. Don’t overdo it—when your feet are tired and sore it may cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the discomfort. This can cause you to lose your balance and fall or twist an ankle. Take breaks throughout your busy days and put your feet up if possible.
  6. Stop if your feet hurt—continuing to go when your feet say stop is a surefire way to end up with an injury or flare-up of a chronic condition. If your feet are in pain, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey. For an appointment, call 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and treat any injuries or conditions that are slowing your holiday roll.