I see a lot of people in my practice during wintertime, who have slipped and fallen from icy stairs or walkways. People are in a rush, but they need to SLOW down when walking on snow or ice. Here are some tips for walking safely in the winter time.
~ Be aware of snow covered ice, black ice, uneven surfaces and unsalted sidewalks and parking lots.
~ Wear shoes or boots with traction on snow and ice.
~ When getting in or out of a vehicle, use the vehicle as a support.
~ Hold onto banisters tightly as you go down stairs or avoid stairs that are unsalted.
~ When walking on an icy walkway, “shuffle” along by slowly taking short steps and extending your arms out to your sides for balance, and walk flat footed.
It can take a long time to recover from a serious slip or fall. If you follow these simple, safe steps, it will reduce your chances of taking a fall and having to come and see me.
~ Peter St.Germain, PT.