Brittni Lair, P.A.-C.
Patient StoriesBack on the road againJanuary 09, 2018
Although often long and cold, winter in the Midwest can be beautiful. However, even when you are enjoying the snow-covered beauty, it is important to remember winter also is a dangerous time. Ice and snow accumulation increase the risk of falling for all ages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 million Americans are injured due to slips and falls every year, with the injury rate increasing significantly as temperatures decline.
Falls are unexpected, but there are a few ways to decrease your risk of falling:
- Wear proper footwear.
Be sure you have a pair of lightweight boots with good support. You can also purchase snow grips for the bottoms of your shoes or boots.
- Take your time.
Do not hurry while walking outside. Pay attention to your steps, and walk slowly.
- Use assistance.
Always use your walker or cane when out in winter weather.
- Take small steps.
Small steps, almost from side to side, help you maintain your center of gravity. Take small steps and waddle a bit like a penguin.
- Stay inside.
On days when it is icy and you do not need to go anywhere, stay inside.
- Wait for help.
If you do fall, wait for someone to help you in case you are injured or to avoid subsequent falls.
Remember to always use your best judgement when out and about in the ice and snow. Be careful and aware of your surroundings, and you will be on your way to a safe and healthy winter.