Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

How to Avoid a Ski Injury This Winter

Ski injury, Santa Rosa, CAIf you are heading either to Big Bear or out of the state for the holidays to go skiing or snowboarding, then you know how vital it is to make sure that you are as safe as possible. Here at Redwood Orthopedic Associates, we have seen our fair share of sports-related injuries, and we don’t want you to be the next patient that we see. To help you avoid a winter sports-related injury, let’s take a closer look at a few things that you can do.

Wear the Right Size of Boot

One of the surest ways for you to injure yourself is to wear the wrong size of ski boot. When your ski boot is too small, you are more likely to trip somehow, and if your ski boot is too large, you are more likely to sprain an ankle. Make sure that if you are renting boots that they measure your foot and watch you walk in it before you head out on the slopes.

Stretch Beforehand

If you haven’t been skiing in a long time, make sure that you stretch beforehand. If you are skiing on stiff muscles and joints, you are more likely to feel it the next day and maybe even pull something. Also, if you are prone to stiff joints, try taking ibuprofen beforehand to help stop the inflammation before it even starts.

Wear a Brace

If you have already had a knee replacement done, then make sure that you wear your brace while you are going down the mountain. Remember that your brace is designed to help keep your knee in the proper position so that you don’t injure it again.

Downhill skiing may be the perfect escape during the holidays, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. To learn more about ways to avoid injury, contact our Santa Rosa office today and call us at (707) 544-3400.

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