Fear of falling on ice is physical and mental problem

  • Article by: Bill Ward , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 9:52 PM

After a fall on the ice, recovery involves healing bruises to our bodies — and our psyches.

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elind56Jan. 25, 14 2:20 PM

If it's become that debilitating, I suggest some strap-on ice cleats. They're designed primarily for ice fishing but I use them occasionally when blowing snow or shoveling when conditions are slippery.

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Cindyr73Jan. 25, 14 4:31 PM

Agree with elind - I wear straps with embedded titanium spikes when I go outside running in winter - they have prevented many wipeouts - and they're only about $15 at the local running store. Far less costly than a fall and a trip to the doc . . .!

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redstateJan. 25, 14 5:16 PM

I had a hip replacement two years ago and ice was a big worry for me. Guess what? I got over it and watched what I was doing.

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Marykate1Jan. 25, 14 5:26 PM

Lean slightly forward when walking. It makes a big difference.

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jeffportJan. 25, 14 5:28 PM

"Our sense of balance starts slipping in our 20s, and can be quite shaky by the time we reach our “golden years.” No Our sense of balance can start slipping if we also have a medical condition that steals our balance, like MS. I've had for almost 20 years now and Ice is my Kryptonite in life. I've fallen hundreds of times. Advice, 1. Stay off it. 2. Use what are called "Stableicers" foot gear, very easy to slip on over shoes & boots. Also wear heavily padded clothing, coats, gloves etc.. 3. Stay indoors until the thaw. 4. Move away from the northern states.

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whsuksJan. 25, 14 5:36 PM

It is a real psychological problem. It is hard to be relaxed, but it is imperative to keep your head up (balance is in the ears) and try to relax while walking normally. A tense body falling strikes harder than a loose one.

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WaterBunkerJan. 25, 14 5:42 PM

It might be time to move to Florida if the snow is that debilitating for a 59 year old.

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loop80Jan. 25, 14 6:23 PM

wow. It's amazing how people take any and every opportunity to insult people. "just move to FL?". So if someone is unfortunate they are supposed to leave their love ones just because you say so? And stapling on cleats? When you hit clear sidewalks and pavement, cleats make it worse. I fell in December, not on ice, but on "slimy" snow. I'm still unable to work (for the first time in my 55 years) and have all of the post-concussion effects. If you haven't dealt with concussions your life, keep for you fat trap shut. You have no clue what it is like to deal with it. I've had at least 6 in my life, the first at the age of 11, when I was hit by a car while biking. I had a couple while hustling on a basketball court. A couple slipping on ice, while walking in the dark. One while biking, with a helmet on, when another bicyclist lost control of their bike and wiped me out. Some people are lucky, some of us not. That's life and I accept that. But don't insinuate that i have to leave the state because I was unlucky. Don't insult people who do nothing different than anyone else, but get unlucky. Walk a few miles in the shoes of others before judging them.

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akmscottJan. 25, 14 7:29 PM

So that means we can claim PTSD and get disability?

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mockingyouJan. 25, 14 8:57 PM

i'm much more paranoid about driving, where a slight mistake or slip can kill me.

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