Although the temperatures in New Jersey have been up and down, it’s clear winter isn’t over yet and slippery conditions can develop unexpectedly. At Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, we want our patients to do everything possible to avoid ankle sprains. Below are some suggestions to keep in mind:
- Wear appropriate shoes for the weather. Stability is key in preventing ankle sprains. When you twist your ankle, you overstretch the ligaments that support your ankle. Shoes with high heels, especially thin, spiky ones provide decreased stability by their design. They are also more likely to get caught in a hole, or stuck in the snow and cause a spill. Chunky heels and non-slip treads will significantly decrease the risk of sprain in bad weather.
- Watch where you’re going. It may seem an obvious suggestion, but sleet, snow, and ice can obscure subtle changes in pavement height and make curbs less visible. Be aware of shiny patches on sidewalks and driveways which can indicate ice. Consider carrying a small bag of cat litter in your pocket to sprinkle on surfaces you have to cross that you suspect are icy.
- Stay on top of old ankle injuries. If you’ve twisted your ankle in the past, you’re more likely to do so again in the future, especially if the first sprain wasn’t fully rehabilitated. If you experience ongoing pain or stiffness in your ankle, or it has the sensation that it will “give way” at any moment, contact our Edison (732-204-6630), Monroe (732-204-6802) or Monmouth Junction (732-204-6945) office. Our podiatrists, Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will evaluate your ankle and determine if there are ankle strengthening exercises, or other means to improve the condition of your ankle. Treatment may also include: physical therapy, a custom orthotic device, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, or even a walking boot if the foot doctor determines the ankle has not fully healed and needs to be immobilized.
If you have concerns about the strength and stability of your ankle, contact us today—instead of worrying about finding yourself in a slippery situation.