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Posted on 02-08-2017

We did have a harsh day due to freezing rain from the afternoon through out the evening. Many people (including some of my patients) did injure themselves due to slip and fall on the icy road. So, what should we do? The answer is: Walk like a penguin! Here is how:

  1. Keep your knees loose -- let them bend a bit. This will keep your centre of gravity lower to the ground, which further stabilizes the body.
  2. Now you are ready to take a step. Make the step small, placing your whole foot down at once. Then shift your weight very slowly to this foot and bring your other foot to meet it the same way. Keep a wide base of support.
  3. Some people prefer to drag their feet or shuffle them. If this feels better to you, then do so. Just remember to place your whole foot on the ice at once and keep your base of support approximately one foot wide.

Sources: Ottawa Public Health, Niagara Region Public Health

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Have a safe winter!

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