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Participating in winter sports is a fun way to stay in shape as the temperatures drop outside. Whether you’re skiing, ice skating, or taking a cold morning run, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to help you reduce your risk of injury and avoid an unscheduled visit to the podiatrist.
Common winter injuries include ankle sprains and ankle fractures. An ankle fracture occurs when the ankle rolls inward or outward and there is a break in the bone. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are injured. Here’s what you can do to avoid these injuries:
Warming up is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of a foot or ankle injury while playing a winter sport. Allow your body the proper time to warm-up and prepare for exercise. Rushing into an activity can lead to injuries that can put you on the sidelines for the rest of the season. While it’s important to warm up before you play a sport, don’t forget to cool down too.
Wear the right shoes
Does the shoe fit? Ask this question when thinking about the size of your feet as well as the sport. Different sports require specific styles of shoes to provide maximum support and the best performance experience. Re-evaluate your shoes often and look for signs of wear and tear.
Watch the weather
Layer up when the temperatures dip to avoid frostbite. We also suggest choosing the right shoes for slippery or dangerous weather conditions and keeping your feet dry. Reduce your risk of developing a fungal infection.
Follow our suggestions to avoid bumps, bruises, sprains, and fractures. We’re here to help you prevent a winter sports injury this season. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, foot and ankle fractures, Achilles raptures, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, neuromas, and warts. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Aches and pains aren't unusual after a weekend game of softball or a successful run in the local 5K. Unfortunately, those twinges can sometimes be more than just a temporary annoyance. Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry treat a variety of sports-related foot and ankle injuries. They share some of the more common sports injuries West Hartford athletes experience.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injuries and usually occur when you overuse or overstretch a muscle. Strains happen when the tendons or muscle fibers are injured, while sprains occur because the ligaments, the bands of connective tissues that attach muscles to bones, are stretched or torn. Podiatrists often treat sprains in the big toe joint, midfoot area and ankle.
Toenail injuries can be a problem when you participate in a sport. Although these injuries can occur if your shoes are too tight, simply wearing shoes while you exercise may cause the problem, particularly if you play a sport that requires quick movements that push your toes against the ends or tops of your shoes. Toenails can eventually turn black or separate from the toe.
Painful tendon injuries occur due to intense exercise, sprains, trauma and muscle imbalances. These injuries may affect your arch, heel, the Achilles tendon, the extensor tendon on the top of your foot or the peroneal tensdon on the side of your foot.
Trauma to your foot or ankle can cause painful, debilitating fractures. Although it's often obvious that you have a serious injury after a fracture, stress fractures aren't quite as dramatic but can be just as painful. Stress fractures occur when your overworked muscles can no longer absorb shock and transfer the load to your bones, which results in a small crack. Stress fractures are common in upper inside part of your foot and the ball of your foot.
When should you call your podiatrist?
Ice and rest can be helpful for many sports injuries, but sometimes a prompt visit to your podiatrist can help you avoid further damage to your foot or ankle. Call your podiatrist if you experience:
- Bruising or bleeding at the site of an injury
- Extreme swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Black toenails that pull away from the toe
- Persistent or extreme pain
Still suffering from your weekend sporting event? Call Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry at (860) 236-2564. The West Hartford foot doctors treat a full range of sports injuries and other foot and ankle conditions.