Living in the cold frozen north east of England, we often get really crap winter weather now Iím not talking about wet grey days I am on about those days where every thing is frozen solid and covered in either snow or ice.
Anyone who has to walk on icy pavements ECT is at risk of slipping and falling on ice for amputee it is even worse, if you are like me I find that I donít even know that my arty leg is slipping away until itís too late and I hit the ground.
As an above knee amputee walking in either the snow or on ice can be a bit of a challenge to something thatís nearly impossible. BUT (there is always a but) if you want to get on with things and go outside you need to cope with it, no you actually need not only to cope with it but you need to cope in a safe manner .and lets be honest here one of main goals of an amputee is to lead as normal life as possible.
So like all good amputees who just want to get on with things I set about trying different things to help me cope with these conditions, and as luck would have it managed to find a couple of simple aids that not only helped with walking in the snow and ice but gave me the confidence to go out hiking in the hills in the middle of winter.
Right so what is this marvellous device or aid thatís got me so excited?
Slip them on over your shoes /boots /trainers and off you go, I have found these to be really good. They come into there own on man made surfaces such as pavements, path s, roads ECT.
the beauties of these are you slip them on and you donít have to take them off when you enter buildings or shops as they have metal springs that grip rather than the metal spikes .I have found that by wearing these , icy paths ect are not the problem that they where, on the down side they arenít partially good if you want to go out into the hills over rough ground or rocky terrain as the rocks tend to cut through the rubber bits between the springs , but for around town these are the business. I have tried other cheaper makes but they are nowhere as good , so if you want to go out on icy days get a pair of these and you will be walking normally (well as normal as an amputee can).
For hiking on rough ground in icy conditions I found that I needed something a bit stronger and much more tougher after trying several different types of spikes I found these (Kahtoola-mico spikes)
To be the best suited for my needs, in fact these come highly recommended by the hiking community and do just what they say on the packet, not the sort of thing that I would wear around town but out in the countryside they are the business , again its just a case of slipping them on over your boots and off you go .
Me & Yvonne on Humbleton hill on a very icy day (with micro spikes on) see HUMBLETON HILL
The only down side of these are that when the snow is soft it tends to build up under the sole of the boot and can only be removed by either stamping your foot (not so easy for an amputee) or by scrapping the compressed snow off again not that easy, but my own personal experience is that when the snow is that soft you get plenty of grip and donít need any aids.
So when its like this I wouldnt bother with them .
So if you want to go out when its icy get some so much better than risking any broken bones .