The team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists caters to plenty of skiers, snowboarders, and other winter-loving Washingtonians, so we know that as our patients hit the slopes and ice rinks, they inevitably incur injuries to their lower extremities and feet. From snowboarding spills to figure skating twists, winter sports pose unique risks. In this post, we'll explore some common winter sports injuries that our patients frequently present with.
Winter Sports and Ankle Injuries
The uneven terrain and high-speed maneuvers in winter sports make ankles particularly vulnerable to sprains. Sudden twists or awkward landings can result in stretched or torn ligaments, necessitating prompt attention from a podiatrist to prevent long-term damage.
Podiatrist-Approved Treatments for Frostbite
Exposure to cold temperatures increases the risk of frostbite and other cold-induced injuries. Podiatrists play an important role in treating frostbitten toes and assessing circulation to prevent severe and lasting damage to tendons, tissue, and even bone.
Podiatric Care for Skiing Fractures
Skiing can be a thrilling but risky endeavor, with the potential for high-impact accidents resulting in fractures. Podiatrists are skilled in diagnosing and treating foot and toe fractures, providing the necessary care for a swift, stable recovery.
Snowboarding-Induced Achilles Tendonitis
The repetitive motion of snowboarding can lead to overuse injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis. Podiatrists can offer solutions like orthotics or rehabilitation exercises to alleviate pain and prevent further damage simultaneously.
Foot Blisters in Winter Sports
Ill-fitting boots and friction from prolonged activity can produce painful blisters. Fortunately, podiatrists can provide guidance on proper footwear, offer blister care tips, and address pressure points to enhance comfort during winter sports.
Before you head off to Mt. Rainier in your parka, be sure to wear the proper footwear! And if you find yourself struggling with any cold weather complications, we hope you’ll give us a call. Seeking prompt attention from a podiatrist can make all the difference in ensuring a swift recovery and getting back to winter wonders with confidence.
If you have any concerns or would like more information, contact award-winning podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936. We look forward to hearing from you!