By Dr. Stewart, DPM, AACFAS

Winter is just around the corner, don’t let a fall slow you down!

Cooler temperatures bring ice and snow which can lead to falls and broken bones. One of the many beauties of the Inland Northwest is our exposure to four seasons. As we move from fall to winter, these weather conditions become a major contributor to foot/ankle sprains and fractures.

Before the ground turns white it’s best to look at ways for fall prevention:

  • Wear good fitting shoes with proper ankle support and rubber soles to offer you the best stability when crossing ice and snow covered surfaces.
  • Keep areas around outside doorways and walkways well lit so icy patches are visible.
  • Check for slippery spots before getting out of a car or walking on stairs.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes outdoors.
  • Stretch and warm up before outdoor and indoor physical activities.

If you do take a tumble, it’s important to seek prompt treatment to prevent further damage that can prolong recovery. Even a seemingly harmless fall can cause an injury that requires medical treatment. Don’t assume that the ability to walk means that your foot/ankle isn’t broken or badly sprained. Putting weight on the injured extremity can worsen the problem and lead to chronic instability, joint pain and arthritis later in life.

It’s best to have an injured extremity evaluated as soon possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you can’t see a foot and ankle surgeon or visit the emergency room right away, follow the RICE technique—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation—until medical care is available.

Most foot and ankle fractures and some sprains are treated by immobilizing the joint in a cast or splint to foster healing. However, surgery may be required to repair fractures with significant malalignment to unite bone fragments and realign them properly. Dr. Brady Stewart, DPM at Spokane Foot Clinic can help you understand your diagnosis with different treatment and rehabilitation options.

For those of you who would rather eat marshmallows on your sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving than go to the doctor, listen to your feet. If you experience aches and pains, swelling, bruising or blistering that doesn’t seem to be getting better with the RICE technique, seek out the help of a foot and ankle specialist.

When the pumpkin spice latte’s are replaced by peppermint mochas remember to call Dr. Stewart at Spokane Foot Clinic with your foot ankle injuries.

Stay active and healthy this winter by taking proper care of your feet and ankles. Spokane Foot Clinic has four convenient locations around the Spokane Metro area to meet your foot and ankle needs! Call us today to schedule your appointment at (509) 483-9363

Four Convenient Locations

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Northside, Spokane
123 W. Francis
(509) 483-9363

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South Hill, Spokane
4102 S. Regal #102
(509) 535-3130

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Spokane Valley
606 N. Pines Rd
(509) 921-0971

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Deer Park
Seeing Patients Out Of:
Pioneer Family Medicine
20 E J St.
Deer Park, WA 99006
(509) 483-9363