Balancing Act: The Wrong Winter Boot Could Lead to Ankle, Foot Injuries

12 Jan, 2015

Ladies, listen up! This winter’s fashionable high-heeled boots put you at risk for slips, falls, and injuries on ice and snow.lady shopping in high heel boots in the snow

The season’s popular women’s boots typically feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes. These boots can make your feet unstable on snow- and ice-covered surfaces.

A stylish low-heeled winter boot is a lot more fashionable than a cast and crutches. We recommend women scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles, to provide greater traction.

Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how you lose your balance. If your ankles roll inward or outward, you can break your ankles. If your ankle twists, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain. Broken and sprained ankles can be present at the same time. Slipping or falling in these boots can also cause broken toe, metatarsal and heel bones.

If you do get hurt, call our office for prompt evaluation and treatment. In the meantime, the “R.I.C.E.” method should be followed. This involves:

Rest:

It is crucial to stay off the injured foot, since walking can cause further damage.

Ice:

To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area for 20 minutes of each waking hour.
Do not put ice directly against the skin.

Compression:

 Wrap the ankle in an elastic bandage or wear a compression stocking to prevent further swelling.

Elevation:

 Keep the foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above the hip level.

Delaying treatment can result in long term complications such as chronic ankle instability and pain, arthritis, or deformity. Even if you’re able to walk on the injured foot, the pain, swelling, or bruising may indicate a serious injury.

 

This information was developed by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons www.ACFAS.org