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For many, Winter is the season for Falls

Icy conditions cause falls and broken ankles

(Cedar Grove, NJ) With the hectic pace of the holidays, serious injuries from ice-related falls inevitably occur.  Dr. Matthew Wachtler says falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures, and it’s critical to seek prompt treatment to prevent further damage that can prolong recovery.

Matthew F. Wachtler DPM, FACFAS says the ankle joint is vulnerable to serious injury from hard falls on ice.

Dr. Wachtler is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and practices in Cedar Grove NJ.  In cases of less severe fractures and sprains, it’s possible to walk and mistakenly believe the injury doesn’t require medical treatment.  Never assume the ability to walk means your ankle isn’t broken or badly sprained, putting weight on the injured joint can worsen the problem and lead to chronic instability, joint pain and arthritis later in life.  It’s best to have an injured ankle evaluated as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.  If you can’t see a foot and ankle surgeon or visit the emergency room right away, follow the RICE technique – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – until medical care is available.

For further information about ankle fractures and sprains or other foot and ankle problems, contact Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, Cedar Grove Foot & Ankle Specialists, 973-857-1184,

Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS

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