Many seniors still shovel their driveways, ski, and enjoy time outdoors, during the winter. However, months of ice and snow can mean real hazards to seniors.
Today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing information regarding some of the most common injuries seniors experience during the winter months,
After the age of 65, the risk of suffering a fall in colder weather increases. Hospitals across the country report as high as a 500 percent increase in Emergency Room visits during colder winter months, most of which are slip and fall accidents.
The most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Foot or ankle fractures
- Hip fractures caused by falling
- Stress fractures, and they are often misdiagnosed
- Torn muscles from a fall
- Spinal/back injuries or muscle strain from shoveling snow
- Vehicle collisions can be caused by hazardous winter driving conditions.
Millions of Americans have osteoporosis and low bone density, which elevates the risk of breaking a bone. Bruising, pain, swelling, and redness are signs of a stress fracture, which is more common in winter, and, for people who have fragile bones. Even a slight fall can cause considerable harm or permanent disability. Tissue damage and fractures are even worse for those who have compromised circulation.
Consider these tips to ensure a healthy winter season:
- Sprinkle sand or kitty litter on sidewalks and driveways
- Balance training exercises to decrease the occurrence of senior slips and falls
- Custom orthotic inserts can help stabilize feet in boots and shoes while providing excellent heel and arch support
- Choose high-quality footwear with non-slip, treaded soles that are lightweight and insulated
- Keep feet dry and warm
- Take your time - better late than injured
- Replace rubber tips on walkers and canes.
People like to stay active at every age, and the better we understand the dangers presented by winter weather, the better equipped we’ll be to keep ourselves and our senior loved ones safe. If you experience a winter injury, please contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA,
(425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.