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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Recently a friend of mine fell on ice and not only hurt his shoulder, but got whiplash in his cervical spine. Falling on ice can result in broken jaws, knees, elbows, wrists, and generally any bony area of the body.  And twisted ankles or other connective tissue injuries. So what is the best way to avoid falling on ice and damaging your bones and connective tissue?

Check out this helpful infographic from TABLET Infographics. (Also available as a poster for purchase on the TABLET Infographics website):

Walking by keeping our center of gravity on your front leg, shuffling versus taking long strides, and respecting the ice are good tips to keep yourself upright on the ice this Winter.

Other tips to avoid falling on ice include walking slowly. Sounds like an obvious solution, right? But lately, with weather in Chicago changing from 0 °F  to 45 °F in one week, it is easier to forget. We get used to walking on clear driveways and sidewalks one day and then the next the surfaces are ice.

If you tend to fall easier or have brittle bones or if you know you will be outdoors a lot, you may want to consider wearing cleats on your shoes when you go outdoors like those shown below.

Yaktrax

 

Yaktrax are steel cleats that you easier attach to the outside of your shoe. Available now on Amazon for about $19.95, Yaktrax are made of high-strength, abrasion-resistant 1.4 mm stainless-steel coils and heavy-duty rubber. According to Amazon, Yaktrax provide 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability. They are tested safe from breakage in tested safe from breakage in temperatures as low as -41 degrees F. Yaktrax are available in S, M, L, and XL sizes to fit most shoes.

 

If you want really heavy-duty steel cleats, you can also try out the Traction Cleats ice Snow Grips for about $30.00 on Amazon here.  These cleats have a main body of elastomer band made of stretchy Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) for flexibility and anti-abrasion as well as anti-tearing. The heavy-duty crampons have long-lasting soles which are equipped with heat-treated stainless steel cleats that bite into the slickest ice and snow.

Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips

 They are Balance Enhanced – feature 18 spikes per foot, with 12 spikes at the forefoot and 6 spikes at the heel. Each wide heel plate with 3 spikes is for secure downhill traction and each spike is 1/2” long. The spikes are made from heat-treated stainless steel for excellent durability and corrosion resistance. The cleats provide full-sole coverage with cleats on heel and forefoot is to maintain traction through your natural stride and pursuing your passion for the outdoors. According to the Amazon listing, they are easy to put on and take off with secure and adjustable straps.

Whether you walk like a penguin, wear cleats or simply walk slowly this Winter, be safe, be healthy and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Dont slip!
Image by Great Beyond via Flickr

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Last night I joined my fellow Chicagoans in a common winter “sport”: I fell on the ice. I was lucky that I was well padded and fell backwards onto my backpack on my outside stairs. I have a huge bruise on my thigh but overall, I am OK.

This time of year, not everyone is so lucky. Falls on ice can lead to broken bones in odd places: hips, elbows, even jaws if you fall forward and  your chin hits a cement curb. My brother is a radiologist and he tells me this time of year he sees far too many bone fractures due to slips and falls on the ice.

Protect Yourself On The Ice

How can you protect yourself from falling on the ice?  Here are some tips from Canadian Senior Years:

  • Wear boots or overshoes with soles. Avoid walking in shoes that have smooth surfaces, which increase the risk of slipping.
  • Walk consciously. Be alert to the possibility that you could quickly slip on an unseen patch of ice. Avoid the temptation to run to catch a bus or beat traffic when crossing a street.
  • Walk cautiously. Your arms help keep you balanced, so keep hands out of pockets and avoid carrying heavy loads that may cause you to become off balance.
  • Walk “small.” Avoid an erect, marching posture. Look to see ahead of where you step. When you step on icy areas, take short, shuffling steps, curl your toes under and walk as flatfooted as possible.
  • Remove snow immediately before it becomes packed or turns to ice. Keep your porch stoops, steps, walks and driveways free of ice by frequently applying ice melter granules. This is the best way to prevent formation of dangerous ice patches. Using a potassium-based melter, such as Safe Step, instead of salt will prevent damage to concrete, grass and other vegetation or to carpets and floors should you track in some.
  • If You Do Fall, How to Fall Safely

    But what if you fall anyway like I did? How can you lesson the damage that can be done by your fall? Sandra Gimpel, a 3rd degree black belt Karate instructor and Hollywood stunt woman who earns a living falling in movies and television commercials, has tips for safely falling. “It’s important to tuck your body, lift your head and avoid trying to break the fall with a hand, which can cause a wrist injury,” says Gimpel. “The idea is to make yourself as small as possible by rolling up into a ball.”

    Read Gimpel’s approach to practicing safe falls here.

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