Avoid Winter Injuries With These Tips

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Avoid Winter Injuries With These Tips

It’s inevitable, winter is here again whether we like it or not. With winter comes snow and with snow comes injuries - but we have the tips for you to prevent them! Here we will talk about preventative measures you can take to stay safe all winter long and have an enjoyable holiday season.

Wear the Right Footwear

The proper footwear will not only keep your feet cozy, but will help keep you from falling or hurting yourself due to a footwear fail. You’ll want to make sure your winter shoes are waterproof, warm, laced up correctly (or no laces at all), have good traction and are sturdy to keep you on your feet in slick conditions. There are many available options for snow boots and these are a great pick, especially when you’re outdoors for a long period of time in the snow. We recommend to steer clear of open-toe shoes, dress shoes, which are often smooth and slick on the bottom, and any cloth shoes that water and snow will leak through.

Bundle Up

We know this seems obvious, but it’s very easy to walk to your car or go a short distance without the proper gear on. This is when an injury can occur and leave you lying in the cold. It is best to always be prepared no matter what distance you are traveling. You’ll want the proper footwear, gloves, hat and coat to keep warm. It is also a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case of car trouble in the winter weather.

Walk with a Buddy

Using the buddy system doesn’t end as you age! It’s a great way for people of all ages to ensure they’re safe year-round. During the winter, it keeps you comfortable having an extra hand there in case you slip, need help up or need to go to the doctor due to a fall. If you’re aging and don’t feel comfortable walking outdoors alone, don’t hesitate to ask a family member or friend - it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Be Wary of Winter Driving

Winter driving can be dangerous for people of all ages, whether they’re in the car or a walking pedestrian. Between piled up snow, black ice and slick, messy road conditions, it’s always a safe and good idea to be wary when driving in the winter. Take caution by slowing your speed down, staying extra aware of your surroundings, leaving early to allow yourself plenty of time, know your brakes and try not to stop anywhere that could pose a danger to you (on a hill, side of a busy road, braking in traffic). When in doubt, it is always the best option to stay home when the weather is not up to par to keep you and your fellow pedestrians and drivers safe. The less people on a busy and slick road, the better.

If you find yourself injured due to a winter accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to Core Physical Therapy for help! We’re here when you need us and you don’t need a referral to begin your journey back to good health. We wish you a happy winter and holiday season - be safe! 

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