Premier Prosthetics & Orthotics Blog
Weathering the Storm
December 21, 2020
Winter is here...and as beautiful as it is, walking in a winter wonderland can sometimes be dangerous. As it gets colder, many of us must endure breathtaking winds, slush, and slick black ice. Harsh winter conditions can be rough but, if you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe and your prosthesis in working order, you’ll be looking forward to the first snowfall every year.
If you’re a bilateral or above-knee amputee and you need to head out in slick conditions, we recommend you take some extra support, like crutches, a cane, or a walker. Those who are new to their prosthesis should especially heed this advice— a little support can go a long way when you’re still getting used to walking on your prosthesis. Remember to pick up an ice tip for your cane or crutches, a very helpful device that can be found at most pharmacies.
It’s All About the Grip
A good plan of action when the weather looks slick is to ensure you’re wearing shoes that are in good, solid condition. Rubber soles go a long way in preventing slipping on slick surfaces. If you’re a fan of high heels, bring them along with you to your destination to change into... high heels and slippery conditions make a bad combination.
Another great option in these winter months are ice cleats, which can be found at your local outdoor sporting goods store. These are fantastic for improving your grip, especially on ice and snow. When the weather starts to drop, we suggest stashing a pair of reliable shoes in your trunk or at the office, so you’re never caught off guard.
“Safe” Surfaces... Or Are They?
Oftentimes, businesses or homeowners will treat slippery sidewalks or driveways with rock salt or sand, which can make surfaces look rough and easy to grip at first sight. The appearance of treated surfaces can cause you to let your guard down, but beware— ice-melt and sand can prevent your shoes from making contact with the ground, creating a dangerous barrier that can go undetected until you’re already slipping. Try to stay on covered walkways and use railings for added support.
Before you head out into the cold this season, don’t forget to make sure you’ve got support if you need it, your shoes are in solid condition and have a strong grip, and you’re staying aware of the conditions below your feet... which can change frequently depending on who’s shoveling! At Premier Prosthetics and Orthotics, we treat each and every one of our patients like family. We stay with you far beyond the initial fitting and adjustments to your prosthesis— when you chose to join the PPO family, we are there for you, no matter what obstacle arises. Making sure you stay safe in inclement weather is just one of the many ways Premier Prosthetics and Orthotics has your back.
If you’d like to learn more about us, or schedule a free consultation please call (314) 262 8900 today.