Snow and Ice Can Put Your Wrists and Hands at Risk

Women's frozen hands in the cold.Women's hands with dry skin and red fingers in the cold in winter.The concept of skin care in winter.Fresh snow can be a calming and inviting atmosphere for a walk, but it can be more dangerous than it looks.

Fresh snow applies a blanket to potential hazards like steps, downed branches, and even ice, which can boost the risk of trips, slips, and falls. And if you go down, what do you do? Like most, you probably extend your hands and arms to break your fall.


And that response makes sense. Using these extremities to break your fall could help you avoid a more serious injury, like a broken hip or thigh. But using your hands to break a fall often leads to injury in the small, intricate bones in the hands and wrist.

Here are some ways to protect your hands and wrists from potential injury from walking on a lovely winter day.

The first is to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Snow makes it easy to miss steps, for example, so do your best to walk in familiar areas and remember where there are steps, curbs, etc.

It is also a wise idea to clear the pathways and steps of your home as soon as you can.

Looking out for ice and black ice, in particular, can help prevent falls. Black ice makes surfaces look wet, and avoiding stepping in these areas is the best way to stay upright.
Focus on where you are going and observe what lies ahead. That may mean taking a break from the chat you’re having during your walk to put a little effort into your movements.

Avoid looking at a screen or texting during your walk.

Wearing appropriate footwear with good traction is important, too. A good set of winter boots and icers are essentials for people who enjoy snow walks.


If you have poor vision, make sure you wear your corrective lenses during your walk or walking aid. Also, use one if you have chronic health conditions or take medication that boosts the risk of falls.

You can further support yourself by doing strength training exercises, which can help with bone density, stability, and balance. Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D can help, too.

Stay safe on your winter walks, and remember the potential dangers.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.