Every winter, we get snow. That’s a given. Sometimes it’s a little, sometimes it’s a lot. Whether it is a little or a lot, the danger is still the same, you can easily slip and fall especially after it freezes over and turn into ice. Some, especially the young ones, think it will not happen to them because they have good balance. But it happens. I have seen it already in my many years of practice. So you can never be too safe. In my effort to help keep our community safe, here are 3 things you can use to walk safer on snow and ice.
- For something to put on your shoes when walking on snow or ice. This gives you more traction. My mom has a pair of these. One thing I don’t like much about these is that when you are not walking on snow or ice anymore and the surface is smooth concrete, it can be a little slippery so I would suggest to take them off. Putting them on and taking them off when you are standing outside can be tricky.
- I saw this on a patient of mine one day and thought it is a cool instrument to help get more traction on icy surfaces. It has some metal studs that digs in to the ice and give more traction. But it is not a whole lot of metal and the rubber portion gives it more traction on smooth concrete unlike the one shown above. It does not give as much traction on ice or snow surface though because it has less of the metal studs underneath.
- If you are using a cane like my mom, below is something you can add to the bottom of the cane to help your cane dig in to the icy surface. You can also use this to break the ice if need be. And as a bonus, you can also use this for self defense. I think it is really cool that’s why I got her one.
I hope you find these helpful. Let me know what you think. Leave your comments below.
***Disclaimer: I have no investment or personal connections to any of these items. My mom has 2 of them and I saw one on a patient and I decided it is good to share them with everyone. Please be careful when using them and use at your own risk.
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