When it comes to orthopedics, one of the most common injuries that we see during the winter months typically deal with breaks, sprains, and fractures that come as the result of a slip or a fall. Remember, when it’s cold outside, ice loves to make itself feel right at home – and it seems like it likes to call that spot just in front of our door home! With that in mind, it’s important to be aware of ice – even when you can barely see it.
At Orthopedics Associates, we’ve seen our fair share of injuries from slips and falls during the winter months, so we put together some simple tips you can follow to keep yourself safe. Keep reading down below to learn more.
Avoid Going Outside In Inclement Weather
In years past, inclement weather, snow storms, ice storms, and ice buildup rarely ever stop us from making the trek out to work, to school, or to the store. Unless conditions are absolutely hazardous, we’ll simply continue on with our day, right?
Well, this winter, consider staying put at home until roads, sidewalks, and parking lots have been completely cleared of snow, salted, and sanded to ensure that when you step foot out of your car, you don’t plant your foot on a fresh patch of black ice just waiting for you to put enough pressure on it to lose your balance and fall.
Slow Down & Take Slow Steps
If you absolutely must leave home in the winter months, then be sure to give yourself enough time to get to wherever you’re required to go. This means giving yourself some extra time on the roads to prevent speeding, a few extra minutes to make it from your car to the door, and a few extra minutes to clear ice out of your sidewalk or driveway before you leave home.
Doing so will help ensure that you don’t have to rush and unexpectedly fall victim to a slip or a fall. Not to mention, it’ll give you the time you need to take smaller and slower steps when walking.
Consider Footwear With Some Added Grip
Wearing high heals or dress shoes might not be the best choice for a winter day. Instead, consider purchasing some footwear that offers added grip and traction. In fact, you might even look for shoes specifically designed for winter time to ensure that you have the grip needed to stay on your feet, even if you stumble on a patch of ice or snow.
If You Experience An Injury, Give Us A Call
Remember, it’s impossible to prevent a slip or a fall – things happen! But by following our tips, you can limit the chances that you experience an injury. However, in the event that you do experience an injury, give Orthopedics Associates a call. We’d be happy to help.