One of the busiest times of the year in the hand therapy clinic at OrthoNebraska is the winter. This is the time of year when the clinic sees an increase in patients with injuries to the wrist, hand and fingers as a result of slips and falls during icy and snowy conditions. Our natural instinct as humans is to reach out and catch ourselves as we come in contact with the ground. Unfortunately, this can result in an injury referred to as FOOSH (Falling Onto Out-Stretched Hand). Here are a few tips to prevent such an injury in the remaining ice-filled days ahead:
- Wear shoes with good traction. Either leave the fashionable footwear at home or pack them with you and change out of your boots once you are safe inside a dry environment.
- Slow down! Plan ahead and take your time. Taking smaller and slower steps avoids rushing and assists in maintaining your balance.
- Look for clear paths that have been shoveled. Even if this means walking a few steps out of your way. It’s a safer option and well worth it in the end.
- Utilize handrails, if available, at all times.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the type of terrain you are currently on while anticipating the changes in terrain you may encounter ahead.
If you suffer an injury, our orthopedic urgent care is available to help, including on nights and weekends.