Shoes for the winter: Avoid a slip!

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Winter is here and snow is on its way. As the snow comes, you can expect roads, sidewalks, and driveways to get icy. For this reason, it is important that you take preventative steps to avoid falling and injuring yourself. The best place to start is where the rubber meets the road, and for your body, that means your feet.

During the winter, many people will continue to wear summer shoes and high heels. By wearing this kind of footwear, you are at a high risk of an ankle sprain, or even worse, a fall. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists unnaturally. This will cause the ligaments in your ankle to tear or stretch. During the winter, sprains become a frequent reason for visiting our podiatric office. This is because many people slip unexpectedly walking to their cars, or into work.

As you walk across a slippery patch of ice or snow, your body needs support and traction.  For this reason, it is recommended that you wear a pair of boots that fit properly and have high ankle support. With these features, you will have more control over your feet and extra ankle support to stop your ankle from twisting unnaturally.

It is also important to purchase new boots and stop using old, worn out boots. By taking a look at your old boots, you may notice that the bottom tread is worn out and that the boot has a flimsy structure. If this is true, it is time to look into buying new shoes. When the tread wears out, your boots become less effective against slippery surfaces. Also, when the structure of the boot fails, you will lose support to your feet and ankles. Together, you are looking at one dangerous concoction for an injury.

If you have injured your ankles, or are looking for additional support for your boots, contact our office. Dr. Weinert will be able to assess your situation and prescribe a specialized treatment for you. You may contact our Warren office at (586)751-3338, or you may contact our Troy office at (248)362-3338. If you would like to request an appointment online, you can do so by visiting our website.

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