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Lots of injuries from slipping and falling outside in Wisconsin

A man shovels snow off a sidewalk.
A man shovels snow off a sidewalk.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Many Wisconsinites celebrated the end of last week's cold snap by walking outside, and getting hurt in the process.  

Doctor Al Salmi of St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay says he hadn't seen as many cases of slipping and falling as he saw this past weekend. Temperatures rose above freezing after being well-below zero for the greater part of a week.  

Salmi says that no extremity is safe when falling on the ice -- and even the most agile person can go down quickly with just one misstep.  

Prevea Health therapist Heidi Gutschow said the best way to walk on the ice is to take shorter steps, so your weight stands a little more upright. It also helps to turn the feet out a little bit -- and to wear outdoor sport shoes or hiking boots on the ice.  

Meanwhile, new snow is falling in Wisconsin Tuesday morning -- and doctors say it will cover the ice that's on the ground and make things even more slippery.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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