Winter Sports Injuries -- Are you prepared?
By contactus
February 10, 2012
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For many athletes and weekend exercise warriors, winter is a time

to enhance their cardiovascular health. Many partake in winter

sports such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding, rough-and-tumble

ice hockey, or casual ice skating. Winter sports offer a fast track

for fun, but expose the body to injuries, especially foot and ankle


Some common winter and snow sports injuries related to the foot

and ankle include:

Frostbite – The symptoms of frostbite include skin-color changes,

from blue to whitish, and a feeling of burning or numbness;

Blisters – Friction in winter sports footwear often causes blisters;

Neuromas – Enlarged benign growths of nerves between the toes

are caused by friction in tight footwear and can result in pain,

burning, tingling, or numbness. Neuromas require professional

treatment, including an evaluation of skates and boots, from a

podiatric physician;

Sprains and strains – The stress of skiing and skating can result

in sprains and strains of the foot and ankle. They can be treated

with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). If pain persists,

seek medical attention from a podiatric physician; and

Subungual hematoma – Pressure in the toe box of a ski or skate

can cause bleeding under the toenail known as a subungual

hematoma. This condition should be treated by a podiatric

physician to prevent the loss of a toenail.

Podiatric physicians recommend properly fitted shoes or boots

to prevent winter and snow injuries. With adequate preparation

and proper equipment, you can prevent most injuries common to

winter and snow sports.

Maintain an adequate fitness level all year round. Being fit is the

best way to avoid many sports-related injuries in winter.

Find a buddy who enjoys your sport. Never participate in winter

sports alone.

Warm up thoroughly before activity. Cold muscles, tendons,

and ligaments are vulnerable to injury. Make sure to cool down

thoroughly afterwards, as well.

Wear several

layers of light,

loose, waterand-


clothing for warmth

and protection.

Wear proper footwear that is

in good condition and keeps feet

warm and dry. Footwear should provide

ample ankle support, as well.

Wear appropriate protective gear, including

goggles, helmets, gloves, and padding.

Wear a blended sock that “wicks” sweat away from the skin.

Consult your podiatric physician for recommendations.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sports


Move to a warm, dry environment if your feet get wet. The skin

tissues of wet, cold feet are in danger of freezing (frostbite).


Information courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association