The winter season can produce some tricky weather to maneuver. Sleet and snow can pose a health hazard without necessary precautions. At Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, we realize the increased risk of falls, ankle sprains, and various other foot injuries during the snowy season. Our podiatrists suggest a few measures you can take to protect yourself against slip and fall injuries during the harsh winter weather.
WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES
Sturdy boots or shoes with a heavy gripping tread and no heel can aid you in safely navigating the snow and slippery conditions. Slick and slippery spots can remain even after a snow cleanup. Wear your trusty pair of snow boots to an event or your job and change into your required pair of shoes there. It is always a good idea to keep snow boots tucked in your car in case of a sudden snowfall.
KEEP THE WALKWAYS CLEAR OF SNOW
Shovel off the snow from your deck, steps, walkways, and driveway. Ensure that all the entry points to your house are well-lit and cleared. Choose clear paths in parking lots when entering the store or your office and consider keeping a Ziploc bag of sand, salt, or cat litter to sprinkle on the ground before walking on icy surfaces to avoid slipping.
DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR ARMS
Keep the load light in your arms. Bags and packages in your arms can block your view of your path and affect your ability to break a fall. It can cause you to lose your balance as well. If you fall, then use the RICE regimen as first aid:
Consult a podiatrist to seek immediate medical attention. Regular check-ups by a podiatrist can rule out any serious foot illness and remedy the minor ones before they get out of hand. For any queries and appointments, contact the office of Dr. John C. Marzano at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY. You can visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, or call us at (914) 423-0600.