Your feet and Winter Sports

In the winter months with all the rain and cold it is easy to decide to hibernate indoors.  Of course this is easily forgiven but fresh air and exercise are the best remedy for the winter blues.

More and more people now look forward to a winter break in the mountains to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, walking and all the other great outdoor pursuits available.  Skiing is a fantastic all-round exercise but it can be very hard on the feet, ankles and knees as these act as shock absorbers and brakes.  It is very important to warm up properly and protect yourself when whizzing around the mountain.

The most common foot problems include:

Sprains, twists and strains.  Skiing and winter sports place a huge demand on your knees ankles and feet.

Diabetes.  This often affects circulation and can be made worse by the cold.  Ill fitting, rented ski boots can also lead to problems.  If you are in any doubt please talk to your Podiatrist before hitting the slopes.

Blisters. Poor fitting shoes and boots can cause blisters.  Make sure you pack some blister plasters and take time selecting rented boots.

Chilblains. These are itchy blisters which often occur in cold conditions.  Keep your hands and feet warm to help prevent them.

Preventing foot problems

Wearing proper footwear, waterproof boots or shoes and thick socks are all ways to prevent foot problems. It is recommended that you visit a ski shop to buy apres ski boots with a good grip.

Muscle exercises enhance the strength! If you are skiing for a week and are not usually active then it is best to do some strengthening first!

If you have pre-existing foot problems seek professional advice from a podiatrist before engaging in winter sports activities.