Snow can bring with it a need to raise the thermostat and maybe switch your tires, but for many it also brings a season of carving the slopes. Powder Ridge certainly looks forward to winter and the chance to welcome skiers and snowboarders from beginners to longtime veterans. Whether your taste in winter sports is more downhill or flat, there are certain things to keep in mind to protect your feet and ankles.
As you might expect, proper footwear is a crucial element to winter sports safety. Warmth isn’t the only factor to consider, though. Whether you are opting for ice skates or ski/snowboard boots, fit is just as important. You want a snug feel, but not too small or tight a shoe. Too loose, and the risk of your ankle giving way to a sprain or fracture increases. Too tight, and the pressure can cause blisters.
Your choice of socks is also something to consider. The days of needing to mummify your feet in multiple socks is gone, as many boots are now designed for plenty of warmth. Just one pair of non-cotton socks will help keep blistering at bay and sweat from pooling up around your feet, increasing the risk of frostbite. If you start to feel numbness or burning in your feet, get inside right away.
Now what about the equipment your boots go into? Are your skis or snowboard in working condition? Do the bindings on them release like they should? It’s much better to have a yard sale on the slopes than having your gear remain on during a big fall.
Regardless of how well you prepare, though, accidents can still happen. If an ankle sprain, fracture, or other problem hits you in the wintry outdoors, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery at (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office. Dr. Sanjay Patel and staff will be on hand for all your winter sports injury needs.