Slipping on an icy surface is a common cause of injury during the cold winter months. Whether it’s the hidden ice on your front steps, sidewalk, or driveway, the possibilities of you tumbling down are endless. Falling can lead to broken bones, sprains, strains, and bruises. Ideally, we all wish that by the time we step outside, the snow will be shoveled. However, sometimes we can’t wait that long so we have to brace ourselves for the cold. Avoiding ice is easier said than done, but you can prevent yourself from falling through physical therapy. At Farmingdale PT East, we recommend these tips for dealing with the hazards of the winter season:
Wear Proper Footwear
Sometimes you may need to leave the house even when the weather conditions are not ideal, and the best way to help protect yourself is by wearing the appropriate foot gear. Wear boots with rough texture at the bottom for traction to reduce your risk of falling. Avoid boots with heels at the bottom, because you’ll want to walk on the flattest surface possible.
Avoid falls by looking carefully at the ground. Ice can be tricky to spot, but if you stay alert, you might be able to spot a few patches. Sometimes dew or fog in the morning can impair your vision and mobility. If you’re walking with someone else make sure you warn them as well. Also, try to avoid easy distractions like texting on your phone.
Reduce your Load
The more things you carry, the more you put yourself at risk for falling. Keep your arms and hands empty for stabilization. If you need to carry things, keep them in a backpack or a bag that easily straps around your body.
Don’t be shy to grab onto handrails or even a person standing closest to you. Whenever there is an object you can grab on to, use it! Try grabbing onto your car when moving in and out of your vehicle.
There are several exercises you can do with your physical therapist that can help improve your balance, increase flexibility, and strengthen your muscles. Physical therapists can talk to you about therapeutic methods that are specifically designed for you. Staying physically active is critical when it comes to preventing falls.
Farmingdale PT East- Helping You Prevent Injuries This Winter Season
In the event that you or a loved one have suffered from an injury, consider seeing a physical therapist at Farmingdale PT East. Not only do our physical therapists help you prevent injuries, but they can also heal shoulder pains, back pain, hip injuries, and other injuries caused by falling. Contact us today!