Winter is quickly approaching, and that means many snow and ice related injuries. Here are some tips to stay safe, especially while shoveling snow:
Wear the appropriate clothing. This not only means wearing layers that you can remove when you get too warm, but wearing water-repellent boots and gloves as well. Be sure your shoes are made specifically for the snow and ice, which will help to prevent slips and falls.
Stretch before activity. While you may not be participating in a triathlon, it is important to stretch muscles before shoveling snow, especially if you’ve been relatively sedentary. Be kind to your muscles by taking a few minutes to warm them up before you start.
Bend with your knees and lift with your legs. In order to reduce the risk of injury, try to keep the proper form while shoveling snow. This may mean that you will need to use your shoulder muscles as much as possible, trying not to twist when throwing the snow.
Take breaks. Shoveling snow is hard work. Be sure to rest when needed, as well as rehydrate frequently.
Be safe this winter and prevent injuries by following these procedures. If you have any questions or are in need of help with your foot or ankle issues, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!