Foot and leg pain in winter?

Whether it’s everyday pain or ongoing injuries, you may have noticed that your foot or leg pain gets worse in the winter.

dr. Paul Dowie, one of Australia’s leading musculoskeletal podiatrists from Foot and Leg Pain Clinics, offers some insight into why things can feel worse during the colder months.

1. Cold temperatures can cause the tissues in your joints to contract and pull on nerve endings, which can contribute to stiffness and joint pain.

2. The cold can contribute to reduced blood flow to joints and tissues, which can limit movement and exacerbate underlying soft tissue injuries or degeneration that you may not even be aware of.

3. We are often less active in the winter, so like all muscles in the body, the muscles in the feet and legs can become less conditioned and therefore weaker, less malleable and more prone to stress and injury.

4. We usually spend more time at home with the shorter, colder days of winter often resulting in longer periods in non-supportive footwear such as slippers or socks. This can put stress on the foot and leg muscles, joints and tissues, leading to pain and injury.

Some tips to prevent foot and leg pain in winter are:

* Wearing supportive shoes even if you spend extended periods of time at home and indoors;

* If you have insoles, wear them around the house, even in your slippers;

* Keep exercising – the benefits that a simple daily brisk walk can have on muscles, joints and tissues are amazing; and

* If you have sudden onset, recurring or persistent pain, have it checked out by an experienced musculoskeletal podiatrist to help prevent aggravation of the condition.

The Williamstown Clinic is located at 87 Ferguson Street.

For appointments, call Foot and Leg Pain Clinics at 1300 328 300.

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