Summer is here, but don’t put foot and ankle safety on the sidelines. The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are here to help you enjoy this season while reducing your risk for foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Here are three tips for prioritizing your foot and ankle safety this summer.
Keep your feet covered
Wearing socks and the right shoes is one of the best ways to protect your feet and ankles and avoid ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, and sports injuries. As temperatures rise, you might opt for flip-flops but do so only when heading to the pool or the beach. While such footwear protects your feet from hot pavement and sharp objects, it lacks sufficient arch and ankle support. Going barefoot is not advised, especially for patients with diabetes, who may develop an infection from a cut or a scratch which can lead to further complications.
Don’t share shoes
Did you know that plantar warts are contagious? One of the ways they are passed along is when people share shoes, including shower shoes, beach flip-flops, and more. Sharing toenail clippers and other personal hygiene products are common ways for spreading fungus, too.
Don’t skip the sunscreen
We often forget our feet when applying sunscreen. Protect all of your skin this summer by adding sunscreen to your feet and ankles. Don’t forget the sides of your feet, the tops of your toes, and other places that we often ignore. Avoid adding sunblock between your toes as that is the ideal location for fungus growth. Keep watch and notify your podiatrist of any changes on your feet, including color or shape changes to moles. We’re here to help.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Participating in winter sports is a fun way to stay in shape as the temperatures drop outside. Whether you’re skiing, ice skating, or taking a cold morning run, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to help you reduce your risk of injury and avoid an unscheduled visit to the podiatrist.
Common winter injuries include ankle sprains and ankle fractures. An ankle fracture occurs when the ankle rolls inward or outward and there is a break in the bone. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are injured. Here’s what you can do to avoid these injuries:
Warming up is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of a foot or ankle injury while playing a winter sport. Allow your body the proper time to warm-up and prepare for exercise. Rushing into an activity can lead to injuries that can put you on the sidelines for the rest of the season. While it’s important to warm up before you play a sport, don’t forget to cool down too.
Wear the right shoes
Does the shoe fit? Ask this question when thinking about the size of your feet as well as the sport. Different sports require specific styles of shoes to provide maximum support and the best performance experience. Re-evaluate your shoes often and look for signs of wear and tear.
Watch the weather
Layer up when the temperatures dip to avoid frostbite. We also suggest choosing the right shoes for slippery or dangerous weather conditions and keeping your feet dry. Reduce your risk of developing a fungal infection.
Follow our suggestions to avoid bumps, bruises, sprains, and fractures. We’re here to help you prevent a winter sports injury this season. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, foot and ankle fractures, Achilles raptures, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, neuromas, and warts. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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