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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Frostbite   stretching   injury  

It’s the season of snow! Snow-covered streets and lawns can be such a wonderful sight to see on a serene weekend morning. But when it’s on a workday, it can be a stressful discovery. Not only do you have to do all your morning routines, now you have to add shoveling the driveway and walkways to the list of things to take care of.

Just like with our raking safety blog post, there are important tips for staying safe while shoveling:

The Right Gear

Gloves, socks, and warm clothing are a must. If possible, you’ll want to wear waterproof gloves to prevent icy fingers. If it’s still snowing, a hat or a hooded jacket will not only keep your head warm but will regulate your core body temperature.

Proper footwear is essential.  Boots with warm insulation well help prevent your feet from freezing and maybe even frostbite! Don’t forget those wool socks.  They will keep your feet toasty as well as wick away sweat from your feet.

Make sure you boots have the following:

  • Good traction on the bottom
  • A snug fit around the ankles or calves
  • Warming features like fur-lining or good insulation

Warm Up and Posture Up

Yes, it will be cold, so not only should you warm up your body to prevent from getting cold, you should warm up so that your muscles do not get injured if you strain while you shovel.

Warming up tips:

This can help prevent strained ankles and feet, as well as your back. In addition, to prevent back pain, use the following posture tips:

  • Bend at the knees, not at the back. Many people end up pulling their back muscles while lifting or pushing large amounts of snow.
  • Keep the feet wide apart to give you balance and stability. The surface of your driveway may not be smooth and may have ice built up under the snow layer, so it’s important not to slip – risking hip, knee, ankle, or foot injury.
  • Turn your feet in the direction of where you are throwing or pushing the snow, also to prevent strain on the back and ankles and prevent slipping.

Do you have an injury from shoveling? Maybe your snow boots need some more support. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

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