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Keep Your Feet and Ankles Safe in Icy Weather this Weekend

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An ice storm in Tennessee? They are rare, but they do happen. And that’s exactly what’s in the forecast for some parts of Tennessee and surrounding areas this weekend. This isn’t the fun kind of winter storm that brings soft snow perfect for playing in, but a sleet and ice sort of storm that causes dangerous driving conditions and slick sidewalks.

So, we have some tips for you for taking care of your feet and ankles in this sort of weather.

  • This is obvious, but be very careful when walking! Black ice can form during storms like these, and that can be extremely dangerous. It is incredibly easy to slip on ice, and slip and falls often result in ankle sprains, breaks, and other injuries. Try to wear shoes with grips on the bottom to give you a little more stability on slick areas, and be sure to wear well-fitting, supportive shoes.
  • Keep your feet warm in this sort of weather by wearing footwear that provides both warmth and insulation. This is especially important for the elderly, diabetic patients, and children. Those groups of people are more susceptible to the cold and to developing frostbite due to smaller extremities and/or poor circulation.
  • Cold weather can also cause chilblains to develop. Chilblains are itchy, red swellings on the skin and are a result of the skin’s abnormal reaction to cold. People with poor circulation are more apt to develop these as well. Since chilblains are caused by cold temperatures, you can keep chilblains away by staying warm.

Wrap up and stay safe this weekend, and be very cautious on those icy roads!

If you have any questions for us or need to set up an appointment, contact the Neuhaus Foot & Ankle office at (888) 713-0906 or request an appointment online.

Category: Preventative Care

Jason Knox, DPM, FACFAS
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Board Certified Surgeon and Podiatrist at Neuhaus Foot and Ankle

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