Wintry weather is not usually a big concern here in Texas but the snow that fell a few weeks ago gives us at Texas Foot Specialists a good reason to pass on some do’s and don’ts for protecting your feet and ankles from injuries when slippery conditions do arise.
Do: put on proper footwear. Wear shoes with wide and low or no heels and a textured tread that will help prevent slips.
Don’t: ignore wet socks. Damp socks will make your feet feel colder and stiffer which can throw off your balance. (It will also increase the risk of fungal infections on your skin and toenails if you allow your feet to sit in wet socks for prolonged amounts of time.)
Do: plan for safety. Try to avoid going out if the roads and walkways are icy. Chances are it won’t last long and if you can switch appointments or save your shopping for another day, you’ll take yourself out of harm’s way. If going out is unavoidable, plot a path from your car to the office or store before you get out. Look to see where the pavement is the most clear and salt or sand has been put down.
Don’t: be distracted. Icy patches can be hard to spot, especially at night. Keep your mind on where you are walking—not the long to do list you have for the holidays!
Do: be careful in entryways. Many people think once they’re indoors they’re safe but the vestibules and entry ways to apartment buildings, stores and offices can be the slipperiest spots as everyone comes in with their wet boots and shoes.
Don’t: put off getting podiatric pain checked out. When your foot or ankle hurts, you tend to alter your gait to shift your weight away from the painful spot. This can cause you to more easily lose your balance and fall. Our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum or Dr. Bruce Miller, will examine your feet to determine the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to eliminate the pain. Contact our Houston (713) 664-6677, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Pasadena (281) 991-0600 office for an appointment today.