Best Winter Shoes for Safe Walking

Winter Shoes

The key is to dress to be warm, and to wear winter shoes that don’t just keep your digits warm and toasty, but also reduce the risk of slips.

Walking your dog, commuting to work, and walking just for the exercise- you may be required to walk often during winter, even though the weather outside can be treacherous and conditions hazardous. With the right type of winter clothing that keeps you warm and safe, and the right and the most appropriate footwear, walking can be a distinctly pleasurable winter activity.

The key is to dress to be warm, and to wear winter shoes that don’t just keep your digits warm and toasty, but also reduce the risk of slips. Those risks are high during winter, even if you’re not working on ice. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that you get a break from daily activity, and the risks of slipping and falling are even higher, when you’re rushing to get to a meeting or to work on time.

Your winter boots must have deep grooves that give high traction, and reduce the risk of a slip. Ankle-high boots are ideal for walking on snow-covered surfaces.

Avoid high heels, and other types of inappropriate footwear, that do not protect your feet. Broadly, your footwear must be very comfortable so you can focus on balance and coordination, and not on the pain in your feet.

Make sure that your footwear is in good condition, and make sure that the ankle support and soles are in good condition. These are the parts of the shoe that are responsible for providing the maximum amount of support, and they need to be in perfect condition.

Inspect your shoes when you return to the house, and look for little pebbles, that may have slipped into the grooves. Over a period of time, these can actually damage your shoe, and lower traction.

Avoid rushing or running during winter, and leave the house with plenty of time to reach your destination.

Walk with your feet pointed outwards, and take short steps. During winter, avoid carrying heavy loads while walking, and avoid walking on areas that are not clear, full of snow or not meant for pedestrians.

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Balance Training Could Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents in Elderly

 

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A new study finds that an exercise program that includes balance training could help reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents involving the elderly.

For years now, geriatric health experts have recommended that senior citizens adopt a comprehensive exercise and fitness program, to reduce their risk of fall accidents. Seniors may have a much higher risk of falls, and those risks can be reduced by investing in a strength and training program. Now, new research finds that a program that includes balance training could substantially help reduce the risk of Slip and Fall accidents involving the elderly.

The review was published recently in the Journal BMJ, and found that a balance training program can reduce the risk of suffering a slip and fall accident. It can also help improve the protective responses that a person implements during a slip and fall accident.

Fractures are serious injuries, but in younger persons, may not have a long-term impact. Fractures in the young may heal much quicker. However, in the elderly, fractures may take a much longer time to heal, or may never completely heal at all. In fact, if an elderly person has suffered a serious fracture like a hip fracture, his chances of dying actually increase significantly in the one year after the fall.

According to the review, the benefits of a well-designed exercise and training program that can help reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents involving the elderly are well-established. However, proving a conclusive association between fitness programs and a reduced risk of injuries, is trickier.

The review was based on an analysis of 17 separate studies that focused on the benefits of fall-prevention exercise programs on lowering a senior citizen’s risk of suffering fractures as well as other injuries caused by falls. The main exercise program in the studies was tai chi. However, most of the exercise programs included balance training and gait, strength and functional training. These programs are designed to help seniors perform daily routine activities. The researchers found a reduced risk of fall accidents after undergoing these training programs, but not necessarily a reduced risk of fractures.

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Encouraging Seniors to Participate in Own Care Reduces Slip and Fall Risks

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More than 50% of all women and 20% of men above the age of 50 can be expected to suffer a fracture after suffering from a slip and fall accident.

More than 50% of all women and 20% of men above the age of 50 can be expected to suffer a fracture after suffering from a slip and fall accident.  These persons may also be at a much higher risk of suffering a second slip and fall accident that could cause even more serious injuries.  A new study indicates to slip and fall lawyers that when senior citizens are encouraged to participate in taking care of their own health and safety and prevent falls, the results are likely to be much more effective.

It is very important to monitor and evaluate a senior citizen’s health and safety, once he has already suffered a slip and fall accident.  These persons have a much higher risk of suffering serious fractures like hip fractures after suffering a slip and fall.  These fractures may not just dramatically reduce the quality of life for a senior citizen, but may also increase the possibility of death.  Senior citizens may find it much more difficult to heal after suffering from serious fractures, because they may not be prime candidates for surgery.  It is very important to prevent another fracture once the person has already suffered one fracture in a slip and fall.

According to the study, that was published recently in the journal Osteoporosis International, many of the efforts aimed at helping senior citizens reduce the risk of a second fall accident fail, because seniors are not adequately encouraged to be involved in these prevention measures.  The researchers believe that it is important to help seniors identify fall risks, and discuss these with their physicians.  When a senior has suffered a fracture in a slip and fall accident from a low height, it may be an indication of bone health issues that must be addressed to prevent another fall.

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Sleep Medications Increase Risk of Hip Fractures For Nursing Home Residents

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Nursing home residents who are on sleep medications may have a much higher risk of suffering hip fractures.

Nursing home residents who are on sleep medications may have a much higher risk of suffering hip fractures.  Those findings came from new research conducted by Harvard Medical School.  The results of the study were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers examined the medical records of more than 15,000 nursing home residents above the age of 50.  These people had all suffered from documented fractures.

The researchers found upon analysis of these records, that approximately 11% of these nursing home residents had been given a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic medication within 150 days of suffering the hip fracture.  This is a class of medications, that includes popular sleeping drugs like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata.

The risk of suffering a hip fracture increased as the time gap between the fracture and the use of the medications decreased.  For instance, the researchers found that the nursing home residents, who had the highest risk of suffering a hip fracture, were those who were administered these drugs within the previous 30 days.

The use of non-benzodiazepine hypnotic medication to induce sleep apnea is widespread in nursing homes.  According to a 2004 National Nursing Home Survey approximately 13% of nursing home residents are given a hypnotic drug to induce sleep.  According to nursing homes, the use of these medications is necessary because residents suffer from chronic sleep disorders, like sleep apnea.

While these medications can help a senior citizen to sleep, it can also affect his health in other ways.  For instance, several studies have found that these drugs are also linked to a difficulty in maintaining balance, which can increase a person’s risk of suffering a fall.

As slip and fall lawyers know, falls are extremely dangerous when they involve senior citizens, because they can lead to debilitating and untreatable injuries.  A senior who suffers from a fall may be at a much higher risk of dying if he has suffered a hip fracture.

 

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