Avoid Injury by Walking Carefully on Ice

We may not have had that much snow yet this winter, but with Chicago’s average annual snowfall at 37″, there is surely a lot more to come. And along with snow, more often than we’d like, comes sleet and ice.

Thousands of Americans wind up in emergency rooms every year after suffering a winter fall in slippery conditions. Serious injuries like broken bones, sprains and even traumatic brain injuries can keep you out of work for weeks and even result in disability or death.

How To Walk on Icy Surfaces

You’re not going to stay indoors until spring comes or move to a warmer climate, so keep reading for safety tips to minimize the risk of injury on icy surfaces:

Choose the Right Footwear for Icy Conditions

Boots and shoes must be appropriate for surface ice. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM recommends shoes and boots with large treads to grip the ground and that have low heels as well. Waterproof materials and rubber soles will keep feet drier as well as help you keep your balance. Leather and plastic soles are much more slippery.

If you must venture out in wintry weather because of your job, or if you simply enjoy the winter, consider buying ice cleats. Made of metal or synthetic polymer, many of these devices clip on to the bottom of your boots and shoes and give you better traction on ice.

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