With winter almost upon us, there is no better time to talk about monitoring your foot health. Drops in temperature and hazardous outdoor conditions create the perfect breeding ground for foot injuries. Our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care understands this, which is why we’d like to help. Dr. Hochstein, our expert podiatrist, wants to spend some time discussing the most common types of winter foot injuries and how they can be prevented and treated.
Common Types Of Injuries
Although your feet can suffer from injuries any time of the year, some people find winter to be the most problematic season. If you’re dealing with an injury, the first thing you should do is contact us here at Great Neck Family Foot Care. We’ll work towards a proper diagnosis and move forward with the most beneficial form of treatment. Examples of the most common types of foot injuries and issues people suffer from in the winter include:
- Stress fractures.
- Ankle sprains.
- Dry, cracked, and pain-filled heels.
- Raynaud’s feet.
- Stiffness and swelling.
Preventing Winter Issues
When it comes to keeping your feet healthy during the winter, there are a variety of things you can do. Dr. Hochstein would like to share these with you in hopes you can avoid needing to seek professional treatment as a result. Below are a few of the best ways to keep yourself healthy:
- Always dress appropriately to keep your feet warm.
- Avoid keeping damp socks and shoes on too long in the cold.
- Wear shoes or boots that offer good traction.
- Steer clear of walking through icy and snow-covered areas when possible.
- Moisturize your feet daily.
Dr. Hochstein and our team have various treatment options at our disposal that we will utilize based on the current issue you’re dealing with. The first step will be to diagnose the problem correctly. Once completed, any of the below can be used for treatment:
- Immobilization through bracing or casting.
- Creating custom orthotic inserts for your shoes or boots.
- Surgical procedures to repair the damage.
- Surgical procedures to remove dead tissue.
- Prescribing anti-inflammatory or pain medication.
Those dealing with foot problems shouldn’t wait to seek the care they need. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team will work diligently to correct the issue. To add an extra layer of safety and convenience for our patients, Dr. Hochstein has recently begun to offer virtual appointments as well as in-person ones. Telemedicine allows us to keep our patients and staff protected from the spread of COVID-19 and other health issues during the pandemic. These virtual appointments work just as well as traditional ones, and we encourage you to give them a try. For more information on treating winter injuries, contact us today!