Winter Urgent Care OKC and Edmond

Stay on Your Feet and Out of Urgent Care This Winter

Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid Slipping on the Ice

If you’ve lived in the Edmond and OKC area long enough, you know the area sees enough snow and ice each winter to make walking treacherous at times. Whether it’s black ice on sidewalks and driveways, frozen frost on your front steps, or packed snow in a parking lot, it can seem like winter is out to get you. Follow these tips to decrease your chances of slipping and winding up in Urgent Care.

  1. Take it slow. While walking, ensure each foot is stable before resting your weight on it and picking up the other.
  2. Watch out. This may seem obvious, but take a little more time on every aspect of your walk, from surveying the terrain when you exit your car, to assessing the ground in front of you while walking.
  3. Wear good shoes. Shoes with good traction such as boots and other slip-resistant footwear can cut your risks of slipping on ice and packed snow.
  4. Shuffle sideways. On inclined, icy areas where you’re at risk for even further reduced traction, move one foot sideways, keeping it flat and meeting it with the other before taking your next step. Be extra careful not to cross your feet, which makes the body even more unstable.
  5. Stay on cleared paths. Areas that are unclear, such as parking lot corners, little-used sidewalks, and driveways, may contain nasty surprises such as ice beneath new snowfall.
  6. Avoid walking with your arms full. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but walking with items in your arms hampers your ability to brace yourself against falls. Try using a backpack instead.
  7. Keep your driveway and associated sidewalks clear and notify facility managers if public and business pavement is not clear.

Slips and falls are one of the most common winter injuries, particularly for those over 55. Following these tips can help you avoid the need to visit Urgent Care Edmond, but if you’re in need of winter Urgent Care in Edmond or OKC, stop in and see us at First Med Urgent Care, no appointment necessary.

Sources:

https://americanbonehealth.org/fall-prevention/tips-to-prevent-falls-during-winter-months/

https://www.livescience.com/25795-4-ways-to-avoid-winter-falls.html

 

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing Hip Fractures This Winter

Urgent Care: Safety Tips For Not Falling

Winter time in Oklahoma can be quite brutal, mostly due to the fact that it’s unpredictable. Our urgent care staff likes to prepare as much as possible in the event that icy conditions become a problem during the winter months. Taking precautions is important, because unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially for the elderly. Today, our urgent care staff would like to provide some safety tips to keep you upright so that hip fractures can be avoided this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Choose a practical shoe with good traction when having to walk on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you find yourself leaving the house during inclement weather having a cell phone to connect with friends or family is a smart move. In case you do fall down you’ll have the necessary means to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: It may be silly to only purchase salt for a minimal time, but the salt does work to keep pathways clear so that you can avoid slips.
  • Try exercising indoors: If you’re an avid exerciser remember that winter conditions may make it unsafe for you to stay active outside. That doesn’t mean stop working out! Simply consider moving your routine indoors.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body on an ongoing basis is the best way to ensure overall health. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor to make sure you’re in great condition may be able to help you prevent injuries.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Maintaining your health and forming strong bones starts with your diet, too. Consider plenty of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

We hope you’ve found this informative!

If you should fall down and find that your hip isn’t fractured, but there are some minor injuries causing you pain, our urgent care would be happy to take a look.

There’s no appointment necessary to enjoy the convenience of services at First Med Urgent Care! Simply walk-in or check-in online between 8:00AM to 7:30PM any day of the week! You can check-in online by clicking here.