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Doylestown PA Chiropractor Offers Tips For Getting Around Safely

As are many Central Bucks residents, Dr. Jeff McQuaite of McQuaite Chiropractic is fed up with this weather! With the recent heavy, wet snow last week causing many to suffer from “snow shovelers back” to the icing that caused treacherous roads, sidewalks and power outages, Dr. Jeff is sharing some tips on how to get around safely, especially with another storm on the horizon.

“Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed,” says Dr. Jeff. “Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person.”

Doylestown slip and fall

According to the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually.

Here are some ideas that Dr. McQuaite suggests for safe walking in snow and ice:

Number one is always prevention! With these cold temperatures, always use caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on sidewalks and roadways are slippery and icy.

When walking, proper footwear is a must! Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom. Walk like a Penguin. Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! By spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible. Beware if you are carrying a heavy backpack or other load—your sense of balance will be off. If you must carry a load, try not to carry too much; leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself. Keep your hands out of your pockets. Keeping your hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.

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Dr. Jeff also says to be aware of your surroundings. While walking on snow or ice on sidewalks or in parking lots, walk consciously. See where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or an uneven surface. When you get to your destination such as school, work, shopping center, etc., be sure to look at the floor as you enter the building. The floor may be wet with melted snow and ice.

When you are ready to step into traffic to cross the street, before stepping off the curb, make sure all cars and trucks have come to a complete stop. Motorists sometimes underestimate the time it takes to stop, often unintentionally sliding into the crosswalk. Due to poor road conditions, motorists may not be able to stop or slow down for pedestrians. Avoid crossing in areas where driver visibility is low—the cross traffic may not be able to stop in time.

Lastly, Look up. While it is natural to be on the lookout for ice and safety issues on the ground, you need to be careful about what you walk under. Injuries also can result from falling snow/ice as it blows, melts, or breaks away from awnings, buildings, etc.

If after taking these precautions, you still manage to slip and fall and hurt yourself and you need an experienced injury doctor, please feel free to contact our office.
To make your same day appointment, please call 267-247-7000 or go to our website for more information at www.mcquaitechiropractic.com.

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