Tips for Enjoying Winter Sports Injury-Free
Winter is upon us, you know what that means – it’s time for our patients to lace up their boots and get ready for some of their favorite seasonal sports! Whether you have sledding, skiing, or hiking planned for the upcoming winter season, it’s important to do everything you can to prevent common foot and ankle injuries and keep pain at bay.
Your boots should fit your feet snugly and provide plenty of support for your ankles to help prevent injury. The time to make sure you have equipment that fits perfectly is well in advance of the season! Be sure to try all of your equipment well in advance to ensure that none of it is ill-fitting. Wearing equipment that doesn’t fit you properly presents preventable opportunities for injury.
Ease into Activity
You may be anxious to hit the slopes as soon as possible but be sure to ease into your winter activities slowly, especially if you have existing foot and ankle injuries. Do not neglect any pain, no matter how mild, that you might feel in your feet and ankles. If you aren’t used to putting a lot of pressure on your feet and ankles, you’re exposing yourself to potential injury without even realizing it.
Deliberate strength training in advance of engaging in winter sports can help you get in optimal shape, thereby reducing the risk of injury. By improving your strength, it’ll be easier for you to maintain stable feet while skiing or snowboarding down the mountain.
As temperatures take a turn for the colder, it’s vital to keep our few preventative tips top of mind so that you can remain injury free. It’s always a good idea to consult with your podiatrist if you have any concerns with preventing foot and ankle injuries this winter.