Residents of South Texas certainly know how to handle the heat. But what about the cold? How about the ice?
While we are fortunate not to have to deal with either of these phenomena on a regular basis, when the cold and ice hit we need to stand back and understand that this weather can be serious and pose safety risks.
As a born and raised resident of Wisconsin, I am used to cold and icy weather. Although I have not lived in that climate for several years, I picked up a few basic safety tips to keep in mind to prevent serious injury in icy conditions:
- Always wear tennis shoes or boots with traction on the bottom. Avoid sandals or dress shoes that do not provide grip to the ground.
- Make sure to wear warm socks. If the ground is cold enough to form ice it is cold enough to cause your feet to freeze if they are not properly covered. While frostbite is unlikely in this case, cold feet are never comfortable.
- Pay attention to where you are standing and/or walking. Always look down to determine where your next steps will be. Quickly peruse your path to determine areas free from ice. Also, be aware that ice is frequently difficult to spot, especially in parking lots with darker colored concrete or blacktop.
- If you must cross an icy patch, use a broad stance. Walk slowly using short steps and avoid varying your speed.
- If you are prone to falling, please be extra careful on the ice. Or just stay inside until the ice melts (that won’t take long in San Antonio)!
The most common injury in icy weather is a fall onto your back, hip or outstretched arm/wrist. Twisting of ankles and knees is also fairly common. If you do suffer an injury from the ice, please call our office immediately for evaluation.
Stay safe and warm, San Antonio!
Dr. Scott R. Seidel is a board certified chiropractor with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 6 years and up for chronic and acute pain related to the neck and back. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Seidel, please call 210.281.9595.