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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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