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Winter brings many opportunities for outdoor fun and sports you can only do in snow and ice like skating, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to enjoy these activities but know that there are also risks that come along with them. Common podiatric injuries related to winter sports are sprains, fractures, and dislocations. Fortunately, you can prevent many winter sports injuries. Below are some tips for keeping your feet and ankles safe while enjoying cold-weather fun.

  • Know your sport. Improper technique can lead to injuries. If you are new to a skiing, snowboarding, skating or another winter sport, consider taking a lesson from a qualified instructor. Professionals can teach you basics about a sport, including something as important as how to fall to prevent fractures.
  • Know your limits. Choose an activity and intensity level that suits your current level of physical fitness. If you’ve been inactive for a long period, your muscles are likely to be unconditioned, and shin splints, ankle sprains and other damage to your lower extremities are more likely to occur.
  • Know how to prepare. Warming up is just as essential for cold weather sports as it is for indoor activities. Stretch and try a couple of slow runs or an easy skate or sled before tackling more rigorous activity.
  • Know what to wear. The right gear is important for comfort and safety. In particular, your footwear needs to be specifically designed for the sport you are doing and also properly fitted. You’ll want your feet to stay warm and dry and also to have good support for your ankles. If you have a chronic problem or deformities such as Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity, have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah conduct an examination of your feet and ankles. Ask the foot doctor for suggestions on how to best accommodate your foot problem in your sport.
  • Know what to do if you are injured. Always have a buddy with you and seek help promptly if you do sustain an injury. Contact our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office for non-emergent injuries or follow-ups by calling: 732-662-3050.

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