Snow Tires for your Feet?
It’s hard to believe that snow and ice is a hazard in the deep south this year. As we write this, the city of Atlanta is virtually paralyzed due to an ice event. The possibility of losing your balance as the result of ice (and the hard to see “black ice”) should make us more alert to such events when the temperature dips.
These kinds of ice related falls can lead to a variety of injuries, from cuts and scrapes to broken bones. In fact, fractured ankles (at any age) and broken hips (especially for those over 50) are two of the most frequent and common injuries that can result from falls on snow or ice.
As a precaution, have a pair of shoes that can give you some traction. Think rubber (or neoprene) soles. If you have these kind of shoes, be sure they still have grooves in them! After a few years, much like tires, they can lose their all-important tread pattern. Don’t think your “sneakers” are sufficient. Some of these styles lack truly deep sole patterns that can provide an important element of grip. There are really no good leather or plastic sole shoes that can give you extra help on ice.
Do you remember studded snow tires? They had those little spikes in the tread but they were banned due to the damage they caused to road surfaces. However, the idea is a good one and there are shoes with these studs on the soles as well as ‘slip on’ versions for shoes that you might consider in places that are prone to freeze over.
But don’t let all your good efforts go for naught. Be certain you use available floor mats when you enter buildings. Snow that is trapped in the treads can melt and make you slip if you don’t adequately stomp them clean on a mat!