Many winter injuries are a result of simple movements gone wrong. But walking in the winter when snow and ice make things precocious can be tricky. Below is a list of tips to keep you upright on your own two feet and keep your rump off the frozen ground. In case of a fall, however, remember that KT Tape can treat a variety of fall-related injuries such as sprained wrist, ankle, and rib pain.
Walk like a penguin: keep your feet apart and slightly turned out to increase your center of gravity.
Avoid carrying heavy bags or packages. This unfamiliar weight distribution can throw off your center of gravity.
Take short steps or shuffle.
Dont run or take long strides.
In cold weather assume all wet looking surfaces are slippery.
Keep your hands free and out of your pockets. This will help with your balance.
Use designated paths and walkways and avoid taking shortcuts through uncleared areas.
Dont wear shoes with smooth soles or heels; stick with something that has traction.
Bend your knees slightly and walk flat-footed.
Should you fall, try to relax as much as possible.
Try to avoid landing on your knees, writs or spine.
Use KT Tape as a preventative tool for support and mobility. You'll find the ease of movement helpful as you make your way over icy hill and dale.
Hopefully these tips will prevent a hazardous fall and keep your fanny off the sidewalk. For for kinesiology therapeutic taping instructions for fall related injuries, click here.