With winter still upon us in most parts of North America we want to remind all of our drop foot AFO customers and readers to be careful out there on the often slippery, icy surfaces that we find surrounding us. Walking for those of us affected by drop foot can be difficult enough as it is, but add in some fresh snow over top of frozen ice and you have a recipe for a disastrous fall. We have compiled a few tips to avoid trips, slips and falls and get through the winter in one piece.
If you’re in a winter wonderland then this is the best piece of advice we can give you. Allow yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going and that includes getting from your front door to your car door. Driveways, pathways and sidewalks can be treacherous especially when they’re covered in a blanket of white fluffy cold snow. Allowing enough time to get to where you’re going will allow you to deliberately focus on the task at hand, go slow and focus on getting to your destination. Distracted minds can contribute to unexpected falls. Don’t forget to tighten up your Flopstop’s tension to assist with your DropFoot during these wintery commutes.
Use (and Ask for) Assistance
In addition to having your trusty Flopstop torqued up on the tension you will also want to make sure that you have other items to assist you in your winter commute. Using a handrail to get up and down stairs or along notoriously slippery patches is ideal, but what do you do when a handrail isn’t available? Using walking sticks with winter feet are helpful and another favorite of our Dropfoot customers is the stable arm of a friend or family member. Whatever your tactic, it’s best not to go alone incase of an emergency. We recommend you have a mobile phone nearby in the case you do suffer a fall.
Wearing the proper anti slip footwear with your Flopstop will help you in your quest to stay upright. You can also buy ice grips for additional traction which can be added or removed depending on the weather.
Clean your shoes
Most falls happen inside on slippery flooring surfaces due to snow not properly cleaned from the bottom of your soles. Make sure you remove and change your shoes to indoor footwear whenever possible. If you can’t change your shoes, then take a seat and bang them off. Making sure the bottoms of your shoes are clean, and dry will help you to avoid a slip.
We hope these tips help you have a safe winter with your Flopstop. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, please get in touch with us to see how you can get this simple, effective ankle device to help you further avoid trips and falls year round!
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