Women’s winter boots with high, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes may seem like the epitome of haute couture, but these boots can make feet and ankles unstable on snow- and ice-covered surfaces.
Falls from high-heeled winter boots can lead to a number of injuries, depending on how you lose your balance. If your ankles roll inward or outward, they can break. If your ankles twist, ligaments can be stretched or torn, causing an ankle sprain. Slipping or falling in high-heeled boots can also cause broken toe,
metatarsal and heel bones.
Opt for a low-heeled boot this winter, and be sure to scuff up the soles of new boots or buy adhesive rubber soles to provide greater traction.
No matter what style of boot you decide to wear this season, if you suffer a fall, contact our office for prompt evaluation and treatment and follow the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) protocol:
- REST. Stay off the injured foot since walking can cause further damage.
- ICE. To reduce swelling and pain, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area. Do not put ice directly against the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.
- COMPRESSION. An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling.
- ELEVATION. Keep the foot elevated to reduce the swelling. It should be even with or slightly above your heart level.