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How to avoid winter foot injuries in Levittown, New YorkWinter has arrived. That means that bone-chilling weather is bound to stick for the next several months. Since it’s still getting dark quite early, that opens the door for a variety of foot injuries that can make one grumpy the whole season.

 

Of course, frostbite is one of the main things that people need to look out for. It’s far from the only thing, though. There are a host of conditions and injuries that could wind up waylaying people for much of the winter - and they can easily be prevented with some preparation.

 

Knowledge is definitely power. These are some of the foot injuries that can happen during the coldest months of the year and how one can ready oneself.

 

Pernio

 

This is not some warm dish that one eats after being out in the cold. Pernio, which is also sometimes called chilblains, is when one exposes their feet and toes to the cold for too long. That makes the capillaries spasm, which can then cause itching, blisters, and even ulceration.

Just like preventing frostbite, the best way to keep this at bay is to wrap up one’s feet with thick socks. It will keep the toes from being exposed and a possibly quite unpleasant scenario can then be avoided.

 

Cracked Feet

 

Just like chapped lips can rapidly worsen from being an annoyance to making one’s life miserable every time they open their mouth, dry feet can develop cracks and fissures and make taking a few steps an exercise in determination.

 

The solution for this one is fairly simple and can be bought at any local drugstore or supermarket. Just apply moisturizing lotion to the feet at least once a day. This will help keep the feet soft and will make waking or standing significantly less painful.

 

Falls

 

During the winter, the most likely cause of a fall is ice. Freezing temperatures can make even a modest rain become treacherous for pedestrians. Also, snow that either melts during the day can become icy. In any event, one misstep can lead to disaster.

 

A fall can be dangerous for people of all ages, but senior citizens are the most at-risk due to their bones being more brittle and thus even more breakable. They can suffer anything from a sprained ankle to a cracked hip.

 

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

 

This one tends to strike women and can also be caused by other underlying conditions. Again, the small capillaries are affected when toes and fingers are exposed to cold. Warm, thick socks will get the job done in preventing this from occurring.

 

Stress Fractures

 

Winter is a time where people like to do things like skiing or snowboarding. The twisting and turning, along with the unforgiving stiffness of the boots can lead to stress fractures. Skaters can also be prone to getting these. Being physically fit and adhering to proper form along with wearing thick socks can help prevent something like this from happening.

 

These don’t happen to just active people. There have been times when someone has stood on their feet for a long time on a hard surface - situations like an older person working at a polling station without the proper footwear.

 

There are precautions that people can take - like ensuring that their footwear is correct, not allowing their feet to get wet for long and also seeking a foot surgeon at a hospital immediately after the injury, though doing the RICE method can help in a pinch. RICE is Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It can allow any swelling to go down and may make a trip to the doctor easier afterwards.

 

Ultimately, what it comes down to is preparation. Know what the conditions are like outside, wear the proper clothes and also be extra vigilant about what lies in front - like ice. If it’s possible, try to be out only during the day, but if that’s not an option, then just leave extra time to get to the destination because walking quickly in the dark can be even more dangerous.

 

Dr. John J Hickey has seen many types of foot injuries over the course of his career. He can work with all kinds of patients to ensure that their feet will be better protected while they recover. Come to Levittown Podiatry to see what he can do - call 516-735-4545 to make an appointment.

 

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2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/


Winter foot care mistakes with Levittown Podiatry, NYIt’s winter in Levittown and much of the country will be trying to stay warm. While people usually take care of the upper parts of their bodies by wearing heavy jackets, hats, and gloves and some lower parts by wearing thick pants, they often treat their feet like an afterthought. 

 

They remember, though, when their feet start hurting or worse. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a bunch of things they do wrong - and correcting them is not time-consuming at all. 

 

If these same people avoid making these mistakes, the winter should be really easy on their feet.

 

Not Moisturizing Feet Properly

 

Just like one’s lips and hands, people’s feet can get very dry over the course of the winter. This is because the heat in their place is usually very high because of either a radiator or a fireplace. It’s important to moisturize one’s feet like they would their hands and lips lest the skin cracks and things get very uncomfortable.

 

In this same vein, feet can sweat a lot inside the boots and this can be a breeding ground for bacteria. It might be good to put baby powder on their feet in the morning before putting on the boots so that the moisture can be absorbed. 

 

Not Switching Out of Winter Boots

 

It’s tempting to just leave the winter boots on at work. After all, it took 10 minutes of grunting and pulling just to get the things on, right? Why have to go through all that exertion when getting ready to leave? Very bad idea. 

 

Once inside, it’s extremely prudent to switch to regular shoes. Otherwise, keeping the winter boots on can cause people’s feet to get sweaty, which then can lead to bacteria growing on the skin. It’s also a good idea to turn the boot upside down once inside so that any moisture can drain out. 

 

Wearing Ill-Fitting Boots

 

Don’t sacrifice comfort for fashion. WInter boots should fit comfortably - and allow for extended walking outside. People wear poorly-fitting shoes that put feet into uncomfortable positions in the name of looking good. It’s cold outside - the vast majority of those out and about are not going to be playing fashion judges.

 

Also, because of things like dry skin, those boots can cause everything from blisters to cuts on the feet to infection. This is the time of year to really pay attention to how their boots feel and adjust accordingly.

 

Not Replacing Old Boots

 

The reason for this may be because people don’t want to spend money on new boots, figuring they can get a lot of wear on them. The only way this is a good move is if they live in an area where there is not a lot of snow. Otherwise, the boots will crack from wear and tear, allowing cold air and wet snow or rain to get in, which defeats the purpose.

 

Also, contrary to popular belief, adult feet don’t stop growing. Feet can change size, and it’s very uncomfortable to wear boots that are a fraction too snug. Replace the boots.

 

Rushing To Warm Cold Feet

 

It makes sense to wriggle out of one’s boots or shoes and then immediately stick them under a nice stream of hot water, right? Not so fast - doing that can lead to 

 

This is an especially crucial time of year for diabetics, since the circulation around their feet is cut off enough as it is and the cold can’t help. They should inspect their feet every day, wear proper shoes that don’t rub or cut and also keep their feet dry at the same time.

 

Also, wear the proper footwear. If it’s really cold and there’s snow on the ground, don’t try to get through with sneakers. They are going to get soaked and open up the possibility of frostbite - which would make the season quite miserable indeed.

 

Lastly - if people’s feet are not improving despite doing the above, it’s best to go see a doctor to ensure that there is no underlying cause - like diabetes, an underactive thyroid, or Reynaud’s. 

 

This piece is not meant to bash the upcoming season. There are people who love winter - which is fine for them. These tips should make it at least tolerable for you and your feet.

 

Dr. John J Hickey has seen many different kinds of winter foot care snafus over the course of his career as a podiatrist at Levittown Podiatry. He will be glad to discuss proper care at your next appointment - 516-735-4545.

 

Published by:

Levittown Podiatry

2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/