With December, comes the winter season. And with the winter season, comes snow and ice. Snow and ice is a huge cause of many winter related injuries, especially when it comes to shoveling snow.
However, there are a variety of things you can do to prevent injuries. Here are some tips to avoid injuries this winter season:
- Wear the right outerwear and shoes. This not only means wearing layers that you can remove when you get too warm but also 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 a break. Shoveling snow is hard work. Be sure to rest when needed, as well as rehydrate frequently.
- Properly treat injuries. From rest and relaxation to contacting your podiatrist, be sure that you treat any injuries you may have suffered properly and immediately.
If you have any questions or are in need of help with any of your foot or ankle issues, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!