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Avoid falls this winter

Jan. 9, 2013
 
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♦ Walk like a penguin. Take short, small steps or shuffle and lean slightly forward to reduce your chance of falling.

♦ Use your arms. Your arms help you balance, so avoid carrying large items such as gifts and keep your hands out of your pockets.

♦ Wear boots or shoes with rubber soles that have a good tread. Winter-specific shoe covers, often rubber with cleats, also help reduce chances that youíll fall.

♦ Keep driveways, sidewalks and other walkways clear of snow. Avoid snow-covered shortcuts. Use salt or other ice-melting products to get rid of pesky slick spots.

♦ Use support. For instance, many falls happen while getting in or out of a car. Use your vehicle to support your weight. Always use handrails when walking on stairs.

♦ Dress warmly. Warm muscles help you avoid tensing up, which can affect your balance.

♦ Take extra time and donít rush.


Source: Marshfield Clinic

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