High Heeled Winter Boots Dangerous on Ice and Snow
This winter’s fashionable high-heeled boots put women at risk for slips, falls, and injuries on ice and snow, warns Dr. Lawrence Brown, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) with offices in Center Line, Michigan. These popular boots typically feature tall, spiked heels and narrow pointed toes. “Wearing high-heels makes you more unstable when walking or standing on dry surfaces, let alone slippery ones like ice and snow”. Says Dr. Brown. “A stylish low-heeled winter boot is a lot more fashionable than a cast and crutches.” Dr. Brown also recommends women scuff-up the soles of new boots, or purchase adhesive rubber soles, to provide greater traction.
Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how the woman loses her balance. If the ankles roll inward or outward, she can break her ankles. If her ankle twists, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain, according to the ACFAS consumer Web site, FootPhysicians.com, broken and sprained ankles can be present at the same time.
“This time of year I see a variety of broken bones occurring in patients who have slipped on the ice.” says Dr. Brown. “These include broken toes, metatarsals, heels and ankles.”
Dr. Brown urges women hurt from slip and falls in high-heeled winter boots to contact his office in Centerline, Michigan at 586-758-5770 for prompt evaluation and treatment. In the meantime, immediately use the “R.I.C.E.” method- rest, ice, compression and evaluation- to help reduce swelling, pain, and further injury.
“Delaying treatment can result in long-term complications such as chronic ankle instability and pain, arthritis, or deformity” says Podiatrist Dr. Brown, “Even if you’re able to walk on the injured foot, pain, swelling, or bruising indicates a serious injury”.
To contact Podiatrist Dr. Brown, call 586-758-5770.