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While for some, cold weather means bunkering down next to the fireplace with a warm beverage, many of my active acquaintances hit the slopes this time of year.  Recently in the news, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a fall during a cross-country skiing accident causing a partial pelvic fracture.  The German Chancellor was forced to cancel many of her meetings and engagements following the incident that occurred over her Christmas vacation.  Don't let injuries slow you down this year by following 4 simple tips to prevent injuries.

1.  Don't hit the slopes cold.  Before you fly down the mountain be sure that you are warmed up and stretched out.  When your body is cold and tight you are more likely to tear, strain, and rip your muscles, tendons and ligaments.   You may look funny doing calisthenics in your snow gear but it certainly beats sitting at the bottom of the hill while your friends tear up the powder. 

2.  Get in shape.  In addition to warming up, the best shield for warding off injury would be athleticism and conditioning.  If you know in advance that you are going skiing, make sure you're ready to handle it physically.  You are much more likely to sustain an injury if fatigue sets in as you aren't able to control your body or protect yourself.  A simple exercise to try would be holding a squat for 40-60 seconds.  Boost your cardio with an intense stationary bike session and then do another squat hold.  Hopefully you're already exercising, but if you aren't then your ski-cation could be the perfect reason to start. 

3.  Find the right footgear.  Whether you're strapping on skis or going for a leisurely stroll in the park, make sure you have properly fitting shoe gear.  For skiing you want boots that fit snugly around the sides of your feet and ankle.  Your lateral or outer ankle ligaments are the weakest so make sure they feel secure in the boot.  The one part of the boot that you don't want too snug is the toe box.  Make sure you can wiggle your toes in your boots.  In a pinch, if you find yourself stuck in boots that aren't tight enough, then throw on a couple pairs of thick wool socks to keep your feet locked in place. 

4.  Lastly, don't ski with an injury.  If you find yourself worn out or in pain then call it a day and head down the mountain for some beverages and relaxation.  Pushing through the pain can cause more serious damage to your ankle and take you out of the game.  Rest your injuries and if they feel better you can try to ease back onto the bunny slopes.  While skiing is a blast there is often plenty to do at the bottom of the hill.

Stay warm out there and remember to take care of your body.  If you have any questions about your shoe gear or your feet, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ today.

By Varun Gujral