07 Jan Keep Your Feet and Ankles Safe This Winter
As Canadians, we love our winter sports.
Hockey, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are just a few of the ways we get active when the temperature starts to drop. Participating in winter sports and activities is a great way to get exercise and stay active; however, it is important to be mindful of some of the common injuries associated with winter sports.
Here are a few ways to make sure keep your feet safe this winter.
1 – Ensure footwear fits properly
When skiing or snowboarding, make sure your boots fit snug, but not too tight. Footwear that is too tight may decrease circulation and cause blisters and discomfort. Footwear that is too loose could cause instability injuries, such as a sprain or fracture.
2 – Dynamic stretching before lacing up
Regardless of the sport you are playing, it’s a good idea to dynamically stretch properly before participating. The more limber you are, the easier it will be to absorb falls–reducing your chance of injury. Stretching also helps prevent muscle tears.
3 – Keep your toes warm
It can be easy to ignore the pain of cold feet when you’re having fun on the ski hill. To eliminate any chance of frostbite, make sure that you are wearing properly fitting footwear and don’t forget to layer up. Also, take breaks to let your feet warm up, if necessary.
4 – Check in with a Podiatric physician
If you’re currently dealing with any foot condition such as bunions, hammer toes or heel pain, it’s a good idea to check in with a Podiatric specialist before getting active in the cold weather.