Watch your step.
Even just heading out for a walk is dangerous this winter.
Ice patches are everywhere.
Dr. Chad Kahl with Southridge Chiropractic in Bismarck says the number of falls always increases in the winter time.
But he says this winter they are seeing an increased number of patients coming in that have fallen.
He says more than 25% of the clients walking in the door are falls.
(Dr. Chad Kahl / Southridge Chiropractic Clinic) "It's been everything. It's been necks, it's been elbows, back, mid back, knees. Pretty much the spine."
Dr. Kahl says take your time and be extra careful when heading outside.
(Dr. Chad Kahl / Southridge Chiropractic Clinic) "Avoid weather any shoes that have a plastic or a leather sole. Try to stick to the rubber. keep a wider base as you are walking. Walk a little slower, smaller steps as you are keeping more contact to the ice. Walking with a cane is going to add more contact to the ground."
Dr. Kahl also says if you are walking up and down stairs to be sure to use the hand rail.
He also recommends using traction cleats on the soles of your shoes.