As the temperature is dropping and the weather is changing, you needed to prepare for the wintery weather! Wintertime is exciting time of the year and brings a whole new set of outdoor activities and sports to enjoy. For instance, there is ice skating, hockey, sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other cold wintery activities. Each and every one are to keep you active during the colder months of the year. On the other hand, winter actives can be the culprit to many injuries as well.
Common Winter Injuries
Broken bones are amongst the most common injuries in the wintertime. In winter sports, there are a lot of slips and falls that can particularly target your foot and ankle.
Foot and ankle Fractures
The most commonly broken bone is the tibia, aka your shin bone. IN your ankle there are 3 main bones that are working together, the tibia, fibula, and talus. Most of the time your tibia is the bone that take most of the impact when there is trauma or fall.
Physically active children and adults are used to getting bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries. But there are common signs that you can check for if you a suspicions of a fracture. First, the inability to play or weight-bear following an acute or sudden injury. Secondly, decreased ability to play due to a chronic or long-term complications following a] previous injury. Thirdly, physical deformity of the athlete’s limb or joint ie bumps and lumps. Catching these injuries the earlier the better for you or your child, especially to prevent a minor injury from turning into serious.
There are many different mechanism of actions for ankle fractures however, most fractures can be treated with a cast and crutches, but more serious fractures may require surgery.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health, in the wintery weather and safety precautions don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.