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    winter is coming, ice tips or rain tips?

    Hello everyone. I'm worried about winter and ice. I've already fell pretty bad from water, either it be on the cement or inside the school and on the floors. But what i'm wondering is, what will be better? If i get ice tips, (the spikes on the bottom of your forearm crutches or fettermen rain tips, they also will keep my sholders from killing me from walking all day.'

    Any suggestions or ideas would be great. I'm also not sure where to find "ice tips" if anyone has any experience or know of any good ones let me know!

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    www.walkeasy.com has ice tips that snap over regular tips. I wouldn't use them indoors, though. Buy the Fetterman rain tips and snap the ice "cleats" over them.
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    Really nice polished floors....really scare me in regards to falling. I have wiped up several of them. I wear hiking boots mostly in the winter with really good soles on them and watch out for droplets of water. Our cafeteria in the hospital I used to work...I would lookout ahead of me and if there was even a drop of water I would sidestep. Eventually I stopped going downstairs to it, it was too risky especially on rainy days.
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    Your eyes are what is most needed when walking with crutches no matter what type of tip you may have.

    The larger the base diameter the better they will grab..but even then with any type of tip..if you don't have them hitting the ground in full tip diameter..they will hydroplane. And on ice even if you do hydroplaning is quite possible.

    You must be aware and take you time is about all there really is to avoid biting the pavement, floor, ice, etc.

    Even sand if your not careful can have you side-walk surfing.

    Remember to look ahead of where you are going while looking at the ground of where you are at. And make up lost time when being cautious on ground that you are sure of. Which is quite a bit if you look for it as an alternative path.

    And learn to always fall foreward and try to keep your head up so you can avoid banging it around. And try and land on a strong body part..easier said then done.
    And try to keep your legs from going out from under you that is when bones break. Or if they twist around and get all weird. Falling straight forward is the safest way to avoid breaks IMO.

    Getting back up is usually the biggest problem if your in ice or rain or snow. Try to scoot on your butt until you can find something solid to lift up on..and don't forget to haul your crutches with you.

    Mostly just be careful.
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    Also Cory...whenever I feel myself falling I learned to go into a sitting position. It hurts worse if you try to fight the fall and land on a limb wrong or bang your head. It only took 17 years to perfect this and I still dont do it right all the time.

    I got out of the car at the hospital that I used to work at only to walk 20 feet across the parking area to realize I was on solid black ice. So hear I stand yelling trying to get someones attention in the office I was standing in front of. One of the anesthesiologists happened to be coming from the lower parking lot and walked over and escorted me very slowly into the building. That is the kind of thing that scares me because had I slipped I would have ended up at the bottom of the hill. eeeekkkksssss!!!!!! There is no way to fall gracefully on ice....LOL
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    Not trying to make this sound like a cop-out, but I know you have said that you use your chair on campus sometimes when you are a long distance away from where you are going. I think you might want to use it on icy days as well, somewhere where a fall is likely. Of course tips would still be needed when it not worth dragging the chair out, or a change in the weather and such. Good luck with the ice , I know I hate it!
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    Maybe we should all buy a time share in Arizona during the winter months....LOL I can dream cant I???? LOL
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    thanks for the responces everyone! ill let you know hoow the ice tips and rain tips work! I had my first econunter today without any tips and wow i almost ate shit hah, oh well!
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    I just put the fetterman tornado tips on and wow what a difference. My sholders feel so much better and it adds like a spring in your step so if you crutch walk I highly recommend buying the tips, and not paying $1000 for the crutches because the great thing is in the tips themselves!
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