How to prevent falls with Lipoedema on ice and in snow

Brrrrr! It's cold out there!

Staying safe in cold and icy conditions is something we should consider and be prepared for in advance. We should give special thought to having safe footwear. BOOTS, our nemesis, are unavailable for the majority of us because of the girth of our calves and the ankle cuff. There is the option of the knitted boot which allows more stretch, but it is equally important to take into consideration the tread and grip they will have in the cold.

Ice Spikes or Grips

Ice Spikes or Grips

We all need dependable traction on icy days or if the snow finally arrives. Why not try ice spikes over trainers or shoes? These are adjustable and can fit over most flat footwear, there are even some specifically designed for heels. Searching for ice cleats/spikes online will bring up a plethora of options. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination; you should never rush in slippery conditions.

Walking at a slower pace and studying the best placement for each foot is sometimes a necessity. As we carry our weight in awkward areas, it can affect our balance, so try walking like a penguin to avoid a painful fall. The waddle will keep your centre of gravity over your front leg and help keep you upright. Spread your feet out a little to increase your centre of gravity and take smaller steps. Also, keep your hands out of your pockets, you need your arms and hands for balance. Remember not to put your arms out in case of a fall as it is easy to break bones doing this. Instead, use the tuck and roll option if you feel yourself falling, and try to land on a more fleshy part of your body. We have lots of fleshy parts, don't we ?

Walk like a penguin

Walk like a penguin

Finally, don't be embarrassed to use a stick or some kind of support, better to be safe than sorry. Take someone's arm and snuggle in, ideally make sure it's a friend or relative!!!