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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 28, 2010
Category: Uncategorized

Winter is here. 20+ inches of snow on Boxing Day in the northeast was Mother Nature's holiday greeting to us all. It was light and fluffy, but still quite a chore to dig out, and with so much, there's still plenty of slush and ice to make things dangerous for drivers.

 

The most dangerous spots may well be on your own driveways, sidewalks and front steps at home. I can't begin to tell you how many patients have had serious injuries as a result of slips and falls after stepping outside just to do some innocent chore. Picking up a newspaper, taking garbage cans to the curb, checking the mailbox. Typically, they were wearing indoor shoes or slippers and the steps or walkway were a bit more slippery than expected.

 

I've treated my share of ankle sprains and fractures as a result, but I've also had patients suffer worse injuries to hips, backs, broken wrists and arms. All because "I was just going out for a minute".

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even if you're going out for a moment, such as checking the mailbox, dress appropriately. Besides keeping warm, wear appropriate footwear such as boots. If you don't want to use salt on the sidewalks and driveways, use sand or cat litter to improve traction.

 

If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, get somebody else to do the cleaning up, have somebody else pick up your mail and newspaper and stay inside until it is safe to go out. Please!

 

When the weather is bad, many times we can still make it into the office to see those patients who can make it in, BUT...please don't feel obligated to keep your appointment if conditions outside are icy or otherwise dangerous. For most conditions, there's nothing that can't wait a few days. Call the office

or contact us via our website to reschedule your appointment. We'd rather you arrive safe and sound and a few days later.

 

One last thing: If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, be a good Samaritan and help them dig out. Offer to sand. or salt sidewalks, bring in their mail, perhaps make a quick grocery store run if they need a couple of items. Its a neighborly thing to do.

 

Be safe!

 

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