At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that Macomb County winters are infamous for not dealing kindly with us when it comes to weather. Snow, ice and freezing rain increase the risk for slipping and spraining an ankle. There are some steps you can take to help prevent this from occurring:
- Wear shoes or boots that are appropriate for the weather. Avoid thin heels that are unstable to begin with. Instead, choose styles with low, wide heels and a good tread to help your foot grip the pavement. If you suffer from chronically weak ankles, a high-top style will provide additional support.
- Don’t try to carry everything at once. When your arms are filled with packages, you can’t see the ground in front of you to detect slippery patches or large objects. Your hands will also not be free to help you maintain your balance.
- Take your time. So often, ankle sprains occur because we’re rushing. If you’re in a hurry, you may miss seeing the curb in the snow or be tempted to run into the store in your high-heeled party shoes to pick up an item rather than switch to boots for this task.
- Keep it clear. Be sure to shovel and sand or salt your driveway, sidewalk and walkways. If you are parked at your office or in a shopping plaza, scope out the best-cleared route to the entrance.
If, despite all your best efforts, you do suffer an ankle-twisting injury, it’s important to take immediate action. In addition to pain, you’ll quickly see bruising and swelling of the affected area. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 offices as soon as possible so that our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson can examine your ankle. For full recovery, it’s important to start rehabilitating the ankle as soon after an injury as possible. While you wait for your appointment, use the RICE regimen to care for your ankle.
R-Rest your ankle. Don’t try to walk on it—bearing weight can cause further damage.
I-Ice the ankle. Wrap ice in a thin towel (don’t apply directly to the skin) and apply to the ankle for 20 minutes at a time with breaks in between.
C-Compression applied to the ankle can help with pain and swelling. Wrap with a compression bandage, but not so tight that the ankle swells under the bandage.
E-Elevate the ankle above the height of your heart. This will also help reduce swelling until you can get in to see us.