During winter months, some hospitals report up to a 500 percent increase in emergency room visits.
Slippery walking conditions and winter sports like ice skating, snowboarding and sledding are some of the leading causes of foot-related injuries.
What’s one of most common foot injuries in the winter? Keep reading!
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Repetitive weight bearing activities such as running, gymnastics, and other sports are often sources of stress on the foot. But during the winter months, slippery walking conditions and seasonal sports like ice skating, snowboarding and sledding are some of the leading causes of foot-related injuries.
One of the more common winter injuries is a stress fracture, which is a hairline crack in a bone of the foot. A stress fracture can make even easy activities like walking very painful. Stress fractures can occur in a wide variety of activities. This type of injury is especially common among athletes or people who engage in winter sports when footing is not always sure.
It might surprise people to learn that even standing on a hard floor for too long can produce a stress fracture. Pain, swelling, redness, and possibly bruising can all be symptoms of a stress fracture. The symptoms usually happen quickly, but then seem to go away if the person stops the activity.
Although the foot may feel better with rest, pain often comes back once activity is resumed. In fact, people with stress fractures may experience a deep, aching pain. For people who still have symptoms after resting, icing, and using anti-inflammatory medication at home, it’s important to see a foot and ankle doctor.
Treatment can take four to six weeks if you catch the problem early. During this time, it’s important to rest the foot and possibly wear a surgical shoe or cast boot. In a small percentage of people, surgery may be needed to stabilize the stress fracture.
It’s not unusual for stress fractures to recur in some people. This is especially true among those who have a certain foot shape or fragile bones. Whether it’s a first-time occurrence or a recurrence, proper treatment of a stress fracture is important.
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 Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.