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Are Stylish Winter Boots Bad For Your Feet?

los-angeles-podaitrist-foot-doctorWinter’s women’s boots usually feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes.

However, these boots can make your feet unstable on snow and ice-covered surfaces.

How can you avoid foot problems, but still wear stylish boots? Keep reading!

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A stylish low-heeled winter boot is a lot more fashionable than a cast and crutches. Also, women should try to scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles to provide greater traction.

Falls while wearing high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries. If your ankles roll inward or outward during a fall, 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 in your feet at the same time. Slipping or falling in tall boots can also cause a broken toe, metatarsal and heel bones.

If you do suffer an injury go to the nearest ER or call a call an experienced foot and ankle doctor for an immediate exam and treatment. Until you get to the ER or a foot and ankle doctor, you should use what is known as the the “R.I.C.E. method” on your injured foot.

Rest. Stay off the injured foot, since walking can cause further damage.

Ice. To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a towel on the injured area. Do not put ice directly against the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.

Compression. An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling.

Elevation. Keep your foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above the level of your heart.

Of course, your first choice should be avoiding injury. Here are a few tips to avoid winter ankle injuries:

  • 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 Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.

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