How to Stay on Your Feet This Winter

Each winter, Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos notices a sharp rise in the number of patients reporting to his Cook County office requiring diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries directly attributable to falls on snow and ice. These injuries range from mildly sprained ankles to compound fractures. An expert foot doctor like Dr. Alexopoulos can provide care for such injuries, but it can take weeks or even months to heal. It’s important to do all you can to prevent such injuries by preventing falls. Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  1. Be sensible about winter footwear. Slippery surfaces decrease stability. Don’t compound the issue with footwear that does the same. Put your high heels away until spring. Increase traction by opting for winter boots with a thick lug sole.
  2. Keep walkways clear of snow and ice. Shovel often and use ice-melting salt as appropriate. Remember that snow is heavy and shoveling is hard work! Work slowly and take frequent breaks to protect your heart.
  3. Ensure strong bones all year long by eating a diet rich in calcium. This nutrient is essential for bone health and will reduce your risk of osteoporosis, a dangerous weakening of the bones that can lead to fractures. You’ll find calcium in dairy foods, fish like anchovies and sardines eaten with their bones intact, and leafy green vegetables.

What if, despite your best efforts, you take a spill and are experiencing foot and ankle pain? It’s time to see your podiatrist. With years of training and experience, an expert podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, is a medical specialist and the best-qualified doctor to examine, diagnose, and treat this part of your body. Schedule a visit to the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert in Ravenswood today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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