Winter Weather Tips – Reduce the Risk of Injury this Winter.
From SHIRES CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC
Although we haven’t had any of the white stuff- yet- we want you to be prepared for when things to get colder.
Icy roads and pavements cause hazardous conditions underfoot increasing the risk of injuries caused by slips and falls. It is quite natural for us to be wary when walking outdoors. Many people adopt an ‘ice walk’ to steady themselves. The problem is that an unnatural walking posture could cause as many problems as the icy conditions themselves.
Here are some TOP TIPS to stay safe and reduce the risk of injury:
· Have TWO pairs of shoes, one for walking in the ice and snow, the other for indoors or whilst driving.
· Waterproof or other lined shoes are preferable as are thermal socks, as these items will help keep your feet warm. Cold, numb feet are less able to sense and adapt to changing conditions.
· Make sure your footwear has a good grip on the sole; essential for maximising your grip on the ice.
· Shoes with support features are important. Walking shoes with a firm ankle support are ideal as they help prevent you ‘going over’ on your ankle and help you feel more stable in slippery conditions.
· Wellingtons can be practical, but they often don’t give enough support and can be difficult to take off. Also avoid walking outside in leather or other, smooth soled shoes.
PREPARE and BE AWARE
· There are things you can do to prepare yourself for better balance. Standing on one leg, as an exercise, is a great way to help improve your general balance.
· When you are out and about, keeping your hands out of your pockets (use gloves) so that you can use your for better balance is a great idea too.
· Watch out for parts of the pavement that may have been in shadow or under trees, where there is more likely be black ice, but make sure you pay attention to what is ahead too.
FALL AND ROLL
· If you do fall, try and curl up and ‘roll’ with the fall and stay relaxed, this will minimise any jarring to your body. Whilst it may be an automatic reaction, try to avoid putting your hands out to save you – this may cause wrist injuries.
We wish you all a very Happy Health and Safe Christmas.
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