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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Do’s and Don’ts for Slippery Conditions

Luckily, here in Pooler, GA we don’t get as much snow and ice as our friends up north but that’s also partly why we see so many fall injuries at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC when the roads get a little slick—we are not used to dealing with slippery surfaces. When we do get one of those days when a wintry mix is falling, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind to help you avoid a dangerous winter spill:

Do: keep you hands free—if they are shoved in your pockets to
keep warm or carrying packages you will not have them
available to help maintain your balance or
break a fall if you do start to go down.

Don’t: automatically choose your usual route—look to
see which path into your office, store or home is
least covered in ice or snow and pick the clearest way in.

Do: leave yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If you’re rushing that means you’re not taking the time to look down and pay attention to the parking lot and sidewalk condition. Trying to move in a hurry will cause you to lose your balance. Be a few minutes late and avoid the ankle sprain!

Do: wear shoes with waffled or textured soles for better traction. Carry your work or party shoes and change when you get inside.

Don’t: be afraid to ask for help. A steadying arm as you cross the parking lot or help carrying packages can help you safely get where you’re going.

Do: check hallways and stairs once you’re inside a public place. Others coming in before you may have tracked in snow or slush creating a slick surface inside.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in slippery weather. If you do fall or twist your ankle, watch for swelling and bruising which, along with pain, are signs of a sprain. Contact our office at 912-330-8885 for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to get your ankle evaluated and treated if necessary.

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