Winter sports can be very hard on the feet and ankles. In the cold, muscles take longer to warm up and so you may be more prone to injury when practising winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Your feet and ankles are particularly important in skiing, as they act as shock absorbers and brakes, as well as helping you to steer and accelerate when whizzing down the slopes, and so you must be as protected as much as possible.

Common foot problems include:

Blisters. Badly fitting shoes can cause blisters on your toes, feet and heels.

Sprains and strains. Winter sports place demands on your knees, ankles and feet.

Chilblains are itchy blisters that can pop up in cold conditions, usually on your toes but also on fingers and even on the face. Keeping warm and dry is the best way to prevent chilblains.

Frostbite. In sub-freezing temperatures, wet feet are in danger of frostbite, a serious, painful condition that can result in loss of toes therefore protection is very important.

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