With more freezing rain in the forecast, I thought it prudent to post some information on how to walk on the ice. At our physiotherapy clinics in Ajax, Whitby and Brooklin, we’ve seen a lot of slip and falls this year resulting in various injuries: arm, shoulder and wrist fractures, knee sprains, meniscal injuries, and aggravation of some pre-existing conditions such as arthritis.
The best way to approach walking on ice is to keep your centre of gravity forward over your front foot, just like penguins. When the body’s weight is spread over both legs it will increase the risk of falling when the forward foot tries to gain traction on the ice.
Here is a great diagram that illustrates this from the DGOU (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Orthopadie und Unfallchirurgie, 2017).