Tips from a New York Podiatrist: Don’t Ignore Foot and Ankle Pain While Hitting the Slopes

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 18, 2014 12:56:00 PM

snowboarderIt’s the time of year to hit the slopes for many avid skiers and snowboarders or anyone looking for a cozy weekend away. Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, skiing and snowboarding puts you at a higher risk for foot and ankle injuries. Did you know that a podiatrist specializes in both foot and ankle injuries? For this reason, a New York podiatrist from Adler Footcare explains common foot and ankle injuries that might occur while skiing and snowboarding, and what to do if they happen. 

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur the most when it comes to skiing and snowboarding because it’s easy to land on the outside of your foot and cause your foot to twist inward too far. When this happens it causes the tissue and ligaments to tear or be stretched too far, resulting in pain, swelling, and bruising. If ankle sprains are left untreated they can weaken the ankle and make it more likely for future injuries.

If you find yourself with an ankle sprain a New York podiatrist recommends keeping weight off of the ankle and letting it heal, then wearing an ankle brace inside your ski or snowboarding boot for awhile. 

Foot or Ankle Fractures

Landing incorrectly after a jump, taking a turn too fast and falling, or colliding with another skier or snowboarder could cause a foot or ankle fracture. A fracture is a crack in the bone caused when too much stress is placed on the bone. A fractured foot or ankle can easily be mistaken as just a sprain. If you’re experiencing immediate and severe pain, are having trouble putting weight on your foot or ankle, can’t move your toes, or feel numbness you should visit a podiatrist right away.

A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can recommend the best treatment such as splinting, realigning the bones, immobilization with a cast, pain medications, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. 

Skier’s Toe

Skiers and snowboarders especially have to pay attention to their toes. If you take off your boots and notice something strange about your big toe – like it’s completely black – you have what’s often called a “Skier’s Toe.” This happens when your ski boots are too tight or too loose and the nail begins to separate from the nail bed. It can be very painful and require you to visit a podiatrist right away. If you wait too long the condition could get worse and infection could even set in.

The simple solution coming from a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare is to consistently trim your toenails and make sure your boots fit correctly. Believe it or not there are even professional boot fitters who will adjust your boot so your foot is supported correctly. Sometimes they will even recommend a custom orthotic foot insert. 

What to do Next

If you find you’re experiencing any foot or ankle pain while skiing or snowboarding, take a break and evaluate the intensity. If it continues and is causing you more than mild discomfort, decide to visit a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare who can give you a proper evaluation and recommend the best treatment options. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.


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