With the fresh air and sunshine, there’s no question that walking and running outdoors is beneficial to your overall mental and physical health. However, you may endure ice, slush and snow during Wisconsin’s fall and winter months—putting you at greater risk for slipping, tripping and falling.
Every year, millions of adults visit their local Emergency Department from fall-related injuries. Whether you choose to venture outside for a walk, jog or run, avoid injury by following these fall prevention guidelines:
- Wear proper foot gear that provides traction on ice or snow.
- Slow down and take smaller steps when walking.
- Keep both hands free for balance rather than in your pockets.
- Use handrails from start to finish.
- Avoid carrying heavy loads.
- Keep your eyes on where you’re going.
- Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
- Step – don’t jump from vehicles or equipment.
- Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice and slippery materials.
What Happens If You Fall?
If you do fall while outdoors, remember these four tips:
- Roll with the fall; try to twist and roll backwards rather than falling forward.
- Relax as much as possible when you begin to fall.
- Bend your back and head forward so you don’t slam your head on the pavement as your feet shoot out from under you.
- If you’re carrying any items when you fall, toss them aside to protect yourself first.
You can also rely on the experts at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital to get you back to your old self—without pain and discomfort—following a fall or injury. Find a doctor today.