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How Skiing Can Harm Your Foot & Ankle

How Skiing Can Harm Your Foot & Ankle

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How Skiing Can Harm Your Foot & Ankle

Skiing is a great way to spend time with family and get exercise during those cold winter months. It’s also good for your body, helping strengthen bones, joints and muscles, boosting your mood, increasing cardiovascular endurance, and improving balance and flexibility. However, as with any sport, there is a chance of injury. Here are the most common ways skiing can harm your foot or ankle.

Even though your ankle is encased in a firm boot and stabilized while on the slopes, injuries can still occur. They happen most frequently when the skier falls. In many cases sprains occur following a landing on the outside of the foot causing the foot to twist inward or when a ski tip is caught and the boot not released from the binding fast enough. Another common injury is the “boot top” fracture that occurs when the skier falls and the tibia or fibula bones of the lower leg break at the top of the boot.

If you injure your ankle be sure to let it rest in elevation, wrapping it in a bandage, and placing a bag of ice on top to reduce swelling.

What if that’s not enough? How do you know if you need medical attention? Here are three signs you need to see a professional.

  • You heard a “pop” sound at the time of injury.
  • The pain in your ankle or foot was instant and the swelling did not subside within the first few days.
  • You have continued instability in the ankle even when you are back to walking.

If you experience any of these signs, you should seek medical care right away. Come on in and we’ll evaluate the problem and help you find the fastest route to healing so you can be back on the mountain in no time.