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Tips to Prevent Falls this Winter

December 7, 2023

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With temperatures dropping and winter weather just around the corner, there’s a greater risk of falls and injuries. At Orthopedic Specialists, we understand the importance of preventing winter injuries, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you stay safe on the ice and snow this winter.

  1. Wear shoes or boots with good traction. Look for footwear with non-slip soles that provide stability on icy surfaces. It's better to prioritize safety over fashion when it comes to winter footwear.
  2. Clear your path. Before heading out, ensure that walkways and driveways are free of snow, and use salt or sand to melt ice.
  3. Go slowly. Your risk of falls and injuries increases when you’re rushing. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination, and take smaller, deliberate steps to help you maintain your balance.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch where you're going, and avoid distractions like texting or talking on the phone while walking. Being aware of potential hazards allows you to adjust your stride and prevent accidents.
  5. Use Handrails. When available, use handrails for added support. Whether you're climbing stairs or navigating an incline, a sturdy handrail can provide the extra stability needed to prevent a fall.

Incorporating these tips into your routine will significantly decrease your risk of ice-related injuries. If you still end up with an injury, the team at Orthopedic Specialists is here to provide you with top-notch care from initial diagnosis to recovery.

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