Ice is an ever-present danger during the winter months especially after a thaw-and-freeze period. Black ice, ice that can’t been seen, is known to be on roads and can also be found on sidewalks and other walkways. As you prepare to walk out the door, follow these quick tips to stay safe – and on your feet!
March Like a Penguin
- Wear footwear that provides traction.
- Walk with knees slightly bent, flat-footed, and take short steps.
- Step down, not out, from curbs.
- Keep arms free and out of pockets to use for balance.
- Carry what you need in a backpack or cross-shoulder bag.
- If using a cane, attach a retractable ice pick to the end. Cane picks will be slippery on hard surfaces, so be sure to flip it back as you get indoors. Picks are inexpensive and available at most drug stores.
Common Ice Slip-and-Fall Injuries
- Arm, back, shoulder, and neck injuries
- Muscle strains
- Broken bones
- Joint dislocation
- Minor to severe cuts and bruises
Quality Care for Slip and Fall Injuries
All Michigan Urgent Care clinics provide injury evaluation and treatment every day, no appointment needed. From lacerations to sprains, strains and broken bones to concussions, our licensed and highly experienced providers can evaluate and treat slip and fall injuries. Every clinic is equipped with the latest in digital X-ray and can provide images to take with you should a specialist visit be needed. Find a clinic near you.