How to avoid falling on the ice…and what to do if it happens

When temperatures are low, snow is high and ice is everywhere, there are plenty of opportunities for slips and falls. That's why you'll need to be cautious when walking, because even when you think the sidewalks are relatively safe, you can end up tripping and hurting yourself. But just like preparing for any injury, it helps to know what you should do if you do fall, just in case.

First, though, let's talk about the best tips for staying on your feet. You probably already know to stick to salted pathways and use shoes with strong treads, but some experts believe that the way you walk itself could have an impact as well.

The Guardian reported that the German Society of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery specifically recommended a kind of "penguin walk," which involves a slight tilt with the legs closer to the body than normal. It supposedly imitates the way penguins hold themselves.

Of course, all of the proper walking in the world might not save you when you fall. So what should you do then?

"If you sustain serious injuries from a fall, people need to know. "

An important thing to remember is not to assume that you're fine. Some people have trouble admitting that they've hurt themselves, but if you sustain serious injuries from a fall, people need to know. Be sure to notice any serious recurring pain and consult a practitioner if you think you may need professional treatment.

A chiropractor may be able to help with some injuries, depending on what they are. Whatever you do, try to avoid the instinct to "catch" yourself when you fall, since you could accidentally hurt your hands instead.

Dr. Bronston has experience treating common ankle and extremity injuries. For more information, contact Bronston Chiropractic & Community Care Clinic or visit one of our locations today.