With the cold winter months upon us, it’s important to remember that this season can bring a host of injuries. During the brutal winter Central Texas experienced last year, we saw an increase in broken bones from slips and falls on the ice and snow. To help ensure a safe and injury-free winter, our specialists are sharing tips to prevent cold-weather injuries.
How to Avoid Slipping on Ice
Wear Appropriate Footwear
If there is snow or ice outside, make sure you have appropriate footwear that can keep your feet dry and warm. Choose water resistant shoes with ample ankle support and traction so that you can avoid a fall injury.
Watch Your Step
It’s not always easy to see an icy patch on sidewalks or roads – be sure to look at what is under your feet before taking a step. Take short steps and use extra caution until all ice has been cleared from walkways.
Be Mindful While Enjoying Winter Sports
While we don’t have winter sports in Texas, many of our resident’s travel to locations that do. When enjoying winter activities such as snowboarding and skiing, make sure that you wear proper protective gear and follow safety guidelines to help avoid injury.
“The cold can make muscles, tendons and ligaments more prone to injury,” says board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Greg Westmoreland. “Not using proper technique or overdoing it on the slopes can result in fractures, sprains, strains or dislocation.”
To prevent winter sports injuries, our specialists recommend:
- Warm up before going outdoors with light stretching
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after outdoor activities
- Wear layers of light, water and wind resistant clothing for warmth and protection
- Wear appropriate safety gear and check equipment prior to use
- Listen to your body; take breaks as needed to rest tired muscles
It is important to remember to take more precautions while enjoying outdoor activities in the winter. If you suffer a winter sports injury or a fall on the ice, Texas Orthopedics is here to help. Schedule an appointment online or call (512) 439-1001 to be evaluated by one of our specialists.