Top 5 Cold Weather Foot Problems

Cold weather sports can really pump up the adrenalin, whether it’s sledding, skiing or just walking through the snow. To enjoy your winter activities to the fullest, there are some cold weather foot problems you’ll want to avoid. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some information on some of the most common foot issues associated with the colder weather.

Athlete’s Foot

While many think athlete’s foot is a problem only encountered during the warmer weather, winter moisture can also cause this fungal infection. When you layer a couple of pairs of socks, your sweaty feet can’t breathe properly. This can cause athlete’s foot and a bacterial infection on top of it. Avoid this problem by choosing socks made of acrylic-wool blends that wick moisture away from the toes and feet.

Fractures

It’s important to train properly before beginning any activities, so you can reduce the risk of twisting an ankle, falling, or slipping. Skaters, snowboard, and skiing devotees are especially disposed to accidents that can result in a fractured ankle. Wearing properly fitted boots or shoes with padded socks can decrease risks by ensuring that the feet are properly protected.

Dry Skin

This is the most common cold-weather foot condition, particularly among men. The cracks not only look unappealing, if deep enough, they can be painful. The easiest way to help prevent dry skin on your feet is to consistently apply moisturizing cream, especially after a shower.

Foot Pain

This can have multiple causes and can happen at any time, any place. If you want to avoid being put out of action by pain or discomfort, be sure to see your podiatrist if the discomfort lasts more than a couple of days and has no clear cause.

Blisters

While you can get a blister at any time of the year, there are two factors that make it especially likely that you’ll get one in the winter. One of those factors is winter equipment rentals such as ski boots or skates. It can be challenging to find the correct fit. If the boot or skate is a little too loose at the heel, for example, the rubbing that is created from your foot moving around can result in a blister. Wear padded socks to fill in the gaps in a loose-fitting rental skate or boot.

One other issue is all the time you spend on your feet during holiday shopping.

During the colder months, proper foot care is important. If you experience cold weather foot problems or any other issues, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Ankle Sprains: Types, Prevention, and Treatment

Whether you simply stepped the wrong way while walking down the stairs, or you’re an athlete who injured your ankle during a game, ankle sprains can be quite painful. And they require the right treatment to heal quickly and correctly. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing all you need to know about ankle sprains and how to prevent them.

What Causes Ankle Sprains?

Ankles are made up of tendons and ligaments that let our feet rotate in a full range of motion. When you move beyond this range of motion, the ligaments that connect the foot and the ankle can tear or stretch, resulting in a sprained ankle.

Sprains are more common in people whose heels naturally turn in, who have a weak muscle that runs down the outside of the ankle, or anyone who previously had a sprained ankle.

Types of Ankle Sprains

When you visit your podiatrist, they will examine the foot to determine the type of sprain you have, either an:

  • Eversion sprain which occurs when you roll your ankle inward;
  • Inversion sprain which occurs when you roll the ankle outward;
  • High ankle sprain which happens when the whole foot rolls outside and forces the leg to roll inward.

All of these sprains will cause bruising and swelling and tenderness of the area. It may also be difficult to put weight on the foot.

Ankle Sprain Treatment

After you injure your ankle, even if there is limited bruising and swelling and you can put weight on the foot, it is still important to seek treatment from your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option.

In general, there are a couple of things that are important in the proper treatment of an ankle sprain and in preventing future injuries.

Reduce the Swelling: This can be done using the RICE technique, which includes rest, icing, compression, and elevating the feet.

Strengthen the ankle: When you can put weight on the ankle, it’s important that you perform exercises that will help build strength and prevent future injuries. Your podiatrist can recommend the best exercises.

Regardless of whether mild or serious, ankle sprains should be treated immediately by an experienced podiatrist. If you injure your foot, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists ASAP at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Can Orthotics Help With Your Foot Pain? Yes!

Has walking, running, or standing become increasingly uncomfortable or painful?

If you experience it, you know that foot pain is not a laughing matter. But for adults – especially those with arthritis – it is quite common. Orthotics can help relieve your foot pain. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing all you need to know about orthotics and how they might be able to help you.

Also known as insoles, orthotics are molded pieces of leather, metal, plastic, rubber, or other synthetic material that is placed in your shoe. They are meant to provide relief from discomfort and pain by reducing the stress and pressure on your feet and reallocating weight. Simply put, they work by balancing your foot in a neutral position to cushion it from too much pounding.

Prescription orthotics are divided into two categories – functional and accommodative orthotics. The functional styles are designed to control irregular motion, and the accommodative orthotics provide support and cushioning.

There is a wide variety of orthotics available for various foot problems. Some of the conditions they can treat include:

What Benefits Do Orthotics Provide?

While orthotics may not be right for every patient, they can make a substantial difference in the wellbeing and physical function of those who benefit from them. For example, orthotics can reduce pain and discomfort, reduce the risk of injury, and improve balance. They are available in a wide variety of prices to work with almost any budget, they are not permanent, and they are noninvasive.

If your feet hurt, you may want to talk to your podiatrist about your pain. He or she will examine your feet, back, and lower extremities and appraise your gait to determine which orthotics are the best choice for you.

If you would like to know if custom orthotics can help diminish your foot pain, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.