BOISE, ID, January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For many athletes and weekend exercise warriors, winter is a time to enhance cardiovascular health. With the added risk for injury with winter sports, the Boise podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates offer some helpful advice to keep patients active this winter season.
"Winter is the time of the year where many partake in activities such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice-hockey, or casual ice-skating. Winter sports offer a fast track for fun, but expose the body to injuries, especially foot and ankle injuries," said Dr. Stanley B. Leis, a Boise, ID podiatrist.
The members of Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates inform patients that some common winter and snow sports injuries related to the foot and ankle include frostbite, blisters, neuromas, sprains and strains, and subungual hematoma. Extreme exposure of a person's feet to cold over a prolonged period can lead to a serious condition called frostbite. Although extremely cold temperatures can cause frostbite, even cool temperatures coupled with wet socks can induce frostbite in a person's feet.
Symptoms of frostbite often include pain and a burning sensation in the exposed areas, numbness in the toes or feet, and changes in skin color from pale or red to bluish-gray or black. Children, the elderly, and people with diabetes are more prone to frostbite because of the size of their extremities or poor circulation.
Frostbite is a serious condition. Patients are encouraged to contact one of the podiatrists in Boise at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates if they suspect they have frostbite, or any other condition. Prompt diagnosis and proper treatment from one of the available podiatrists in Boise, ID are essential to the health of a patient's toes.
Additionally, Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates offers advice for the prevention of injury this winter. This team of experienced podiatrists inform patients that it is important to maintain an adequate fitness level all year round. Being fit is one of the best ways to avoid many sports-related injuries in winter. Patients should also find a buddy who enjoys the same sport as them and should never participate alone.
A proper warm-up before activity is also highly recommended as cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury. After an activity is complete, patients should also cool down thoroughly afterwards, as well.
Patients are encouraged to be on the lookout for some of the common problems associated with winter sports and activities - from ankle sprains to heel pain in Boise. With help from the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates patients can take charge of their feet and enjoy the winter weather.
About Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates: Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates is comprised of five Boise, ID podiatrists-Stanley B. Leis, DPM, Rebecca A. Smiley-Leis, DPM, Stewart O. Jones, DPM, Kerry W. Anderson, DPM, Randall L. Benedict, DPM. Each podiatrist goes above and beyond the required education in order to remain on the cutting edge of podiatric advancements so that each patient can receive superior foot and ankle care. At Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates, each podiatrist is committed to excellence and ensuring each patient leaves feeling health and happy.
Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
809 N. Liberty St.
Boise, ID 83704
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