Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care

How To Avoid Taking A Fall This Winter

September 29, 2022

Taking a brisk walk is one of the most pleasurable and healthy activities we can engage in. Walking has become increasingly popular in the past several years, with about 150 million people in the U.S. counting it as a regular part of their fitness routine. Unfortunately, the conditions aren’t always perfect, especially as the cold weather arrives. In fact, nearly 1 million people are injured every year due to falls on ice or snow — some seriously and even fatally. 

Our friendly doctor of podiatry at Kirkland Office wants our patients to keep moving with confidence in the winter, but to do so safely. We would much prefer that you stay on your feet, then have you require treatment for a foot, ankle or leg injury suffered because of a fall on a slippery surface.

Here are some tips to help you avoid taking a dangerous fall this winter:

  • Wear properly fitted boots or shoes with good tread. Consider slip-on cleats or grips for extra traction.
  • Remember that all dark or wet paved surfaces may be slippery
  • Walk like a penguin: Slowly and with small steps, with your toes pointed slightly outward.
  • Stand tall and don’t lean forward; keep your eyes straight ahead.
  • To help maintain balance, avoid keeping your hands stuffed in your pockets.
  • When possible avoid carrying heavy or large objects or packages in your hands. Use a backpack for carrying these items, in order to free your hands up to help keep your balance.
  • If you use a cane, get an ice pick that fits on the tip.
  • Stay off the phone. Talking and texting are distractions when you’re navigating icy conditions.

At Kirkland Office, our podiatrist values the health and safety of our patients. We know there are few things more important — or pleasurable — than our ability to walk comfortably. Please contact our office for more information or to schedule a visit!

12039 NE 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034