How to stay on your own two feet during the winter months

1 In cold/freezing temperatures, assume all wet areas are icy.

2 Wear footwear that provides good traction underfoot.

3 Walk in designated walkways; ice and snow may be more prevalent on unused shortcuts.

4 It’s vital to keep your hands and arms free to help with balance . Do NOT walk along looking at your phone!

5 Concentrate on walking, don’t look around but watch where you are stepping and do not multi-task.

6 Move slowly, tilt forward, walk flat-footed (with feet pointing outward) and extend arms slightly away from body to help maintain balance.

If you are unlucky enough to take a tumble and you are still in pain when you get home consider applying an ice pack to the affected area. Yes the thought of it won’t appeal in these wintry months but it is the best way to prevent swelling.

If your back is injured and you feel stiff after a day or two consider calling The Bower Mount Clinic and we will be happy to advise.