THE long-promised snow arrived this week and, with conditions expected to be treacherous under foot, a South Bucks hospital has issued some hints and tips to prevent any nasty falls.
Jane Roberts, a physiotherapist at BMI The Chiltern in Great Missenden, said: "Each winter the number of injuries presenting themselves to us around this time of year increases, yet in many cases these injuries could have been prevented with a little forward planning."
The physio advises wearing sensible shoes with a rubber sole and a good grip, wearing plenty of layers to keep your muscles warm, walking on the pavement where possible, keeping your hands out of your pockets for better balance, and taking your time getting to your destination.
If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury, she said it is best to abide by the PRICE principles: Protection - use strapping or a support for comfort and to protect the area.
Rest - rest the injured area.
Ice - apply ice packs, wrapped in a towel, for 10 minutes every hour. Compress - use a compression bandage to help reduce the swelling, but not too tight. Check toes and fingers regularly for colour and temperature. Remove the compression dressing at night.
Elevate - raise the injured part.