It is almost impossible to get through a Minnesota winter without at least one slip and fall accident. The CDC says falls are the leading cause of injury in the winter with ankle strains, twists, fractures and breaks being at the top of the list. According to CPSC Chairman Robert Adler, there are about 250 injuries a day during the winter holiday season. It appears that adding safety, precaution and patience when braving the snow and ice should be at the top of the wish list this holiday season.
Below are some of the most common winter foot injuries:
Broken bones from slipping on snow and/or ice
Painful bruising, swelling, fracture or strains from a fall or slip
Chillblains - caused by exposing toes and feet to cold weather. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause small capillaries in the toes to spasm, which then causes blistering, redness, pain and itching. Continued exposure can even cause open ulceration.
A few tips that can help avoid accidents on snow filled icy days:
Wear proper footwear made for winter and snow.
Keep strides shorter and watch your steps.
Slow down! Rushing leads to many slips.
Have a cell phone with you in case you need to call for help after a fall.
Midwest Podiatry Centers would like to wish you a safe winter and Happy Holiday Season!