Damp leaves during this time of year are a high falling hazard making appropriate footwear a necessity. This problem can affect anyone of any age, making the avoidance of slippery and wet leaves essential. For women, if you tend to wear heels, we suggest you carry them with you in a bag until you arrive at your destination.
Some Tips To Consider After Falling:
After falling, unless you find yourself in immediate danger, do not rush to get up. Take a few deep breaths and distinguish which area hurts. Check if you can slowly move the painful area, if you cannot then you may need an ambulance.
If you find that you are able to move, attempt to move towards something you can hold on to, whilst trying to stand up slowly.
Once off the floor try to find somewhere to sit, rest and recover from the shock of your fall. Ideally, choose somewhere warm where you might be able to have a hot drink.
In the case of having an open wound, the wound should be disinfected before dressing with a bandage or plaster. A deep wound would require a medical review.
Ankles, knees, elbows and wrists that are fully functional but sore after landing on them may require rest, ice, compression and elevation to reduce swelling and speed recovery. Many find Arnica pillules or cream a helpful way of further reducing swelling and bruising, although some may prefer ibuprofen tablets [with food], gel or cream.
It is often the case that jolts are able to cause whiplash effects through the spine. Therefore, it is worth having an osteopathic review to check healing to rule out any torsional strain or imbalance that may cause problems later.
We are happy to offer you advice over the phone if you are not sure what to do after falling.