In the winter, FOOSH injuries — or those that are caused by falling onto an outstretched hand — are quite common. Slip on the snow and ice, and you could end up with a sprain, strain, a broken bone or other seriously painful injuries.
Extending your arms to brace yourself is your natural instinct when falling, and there isn’t much you can do to change that. So the key to preventing FOOSH injuries this winter is to reduce your chances of suffering a fall.
Keep Walkways Clear of Snow and Ice
As soon as possible after a snowstorm, head outside to clear the walkways and driveway — or hire a teen neighbor for the job. You can also add salt to help melt any ice and reduce the risk of falls and subsequent FOOSH injuries.
Wear Proper Winter Footwear
When the weather outside is frightful, make sure you wear boots with good traction. The proper footwear might not be as stylish as you’d like, but you can always switch to more fashionable shoes when you arrive at your destination.
Watch Where You’re Walking
Businesses and shopping centers try to keep their sidewalks and parking lots clear and safe, but icy areas might have formed since the last salting. To avoid falling, try to stick to walkways that have clearly been salted and do not appear wet or icy.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Rushing in the wintertime can easily lead to FOOSH injuries. Take a few extra minutes and walk slowly and carefully. It’s better to arrive a little bit late than to fall.
Year-Round Tips to Prevent FOOSH Injuries
Winter isn’t the only time to worry about FOOSH injuries — people slip and fall all year long. To help prevent that from happening to you, consider the following tips:
Keep your floors at home clear of clutter and cords
Make sure your area rugs have skid-proof backing or tack them to the floor
Wear supportive shoes all the time — don’t walk around in socks or flimsy slippers
Install handrails on both sides of your stairways, and keep the areas well lit
Learn the correct techniques and wear proper protective gear when playing sports
If you happen to slip and fall as a result of northern Utah’s snowy and icy conditions, schedule a consultation with Dr. J. Douglas Burrows at the Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence.
With more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified, fellowship-trained hand and wrist specialist, Dr. Burrows is known for providing exceptional treatment — even other Salt Lake City-area surgeons and specialists turn to him for expert care. To schedule an appointment with the area’s leading specialist in FOOSH injuries, contact our West Valley City, Utah, office today.