Popular women’s boots usually have tall, spiked heels, and narrow, pointed toes. While these boots look stylish, this type of apparel can make your feet unstable on snow and ice covered surfaces in the winter.
Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries. To find out how to avoid a painful fall, keep reading!
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If your ankles roll inward or outward, you can break your ankles. If your ankle twists, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain. Broken and sprained ankles can be present at the same time. Slipping or falling in these boots can also cause breaks in the toe, metatarsal and heel bones.
If you do get hurt, you need to see a foot and ankle doctor for treatment. Until then, try using the “R.I.C.E.” treatment.
Rest: Stay off the injured foot because walking may cause further injury.
Ice: Apply an ice pack to your injured foot by placing a thin towel between the ice and the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes, then wait 40 minutes before icing again.
Compression: An elastic wrap around the foot should be used to control swelling.
Elevation: The foot should be raised slightly above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
When you go to a foot and ankle doctor, he will examine your foot and probably take X-rays. He may also recommend immobilization (in a cast or splint), which protects the ankle and foot.
A foot and ankle doctor may also give you you some prescription medications to help relieve your foot pain. These may include pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs.
For some serious ankle or foot injuries, surgery may be needed. Your foot and ankle doctor will select the procedure that is appropriate for your injury.
Of course, the best course of action is to avoid foot and ankle injuries all together. Here are a few tips to keep your feet safe:
- Scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles, to provide greater traction.
- Keep areas around outside doorways well-lit so icy patches are visible.
- Wear shoes or boots with a traction sole that can prevent slipping.
- Check for slippery spots before getting out of a car or walking on stairs.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes outdoors.
- Stretch and warm up before outdoor and indoor physical activities.
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.