In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the hazards of icy winter conditions and how to avoid slips and spills. We all know that winter weather can affect driving conditions, however winter storms and weather conditions can also impact our personal safety. Something as simple as walking to and from your car can result in injury. One study indicates that the most common injury of those who fall on icy surfaces is back injury followed by wrist fractures and hip fractures. Ankle fractures were also a common injury due to icy falls. The highest incidents of fractures was related to age, with older women topping the list. Interestingly, fractures and injuries also peaked on the 5th and 6th day after a storm.

So today, Dr. Reminga reviews some winter weather safety tips for staying safe while walking on slippery, icy surfaces. Such as…

  1. Pay attention to the shoes or boots you’re wearing as well as what’s inside supporting your feet.
  2. Consider the bottom of your shoe or boot when walking on ice.
  3. Think about what the conditions you may encounter BEFORE you make your next move.
  4. NEVER put your hands in your pockets while walking on slippery surfaces.
  5. Approach walkways and parking lots with caution.
  6. Keep a small bag of sand or cat litter with you so you can throw it on slippery surfaces before you take a step.
  7. In really bad conditions wear ice spikes on your boots to grip the ice underfoot.

These are just a few Winter weather safety tips that Dr. Reminga shares in today’s program to help keep you safe this Winter. Listen to find out more about this interesting subject.

Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.