Yaktrax Walker may reduce outdoor falls during winter

YakTrax

A Simple Gait-Stabilizing Device May Reduce Falls in the Elderly [read article here]
http://www.yaktrax.com/
A recent medical study confirms Yaktrax keep the elderly safer on ice and snow.
Read the complete article in PDF here.

I tried one set of these and didn’t find them that comforting–I felt like my foot was rolling on the springs, especially on inside floors. However, I have known others who like them. Maybe they should be removed inside, no?

The PPS (post-polio syndrome] may also find them useful.

My preference is for 1/4 inch flat sheet metal screws (slotted) that I insert into the soles of my boots. However, if your neighborhood has snow grates (see photo on this bloggie), the screws can sometime get caught and may trip someone [usually, the screws just pull out].

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD, CME Author: Hien T. Nghiem, MD

July 14, 2005 — The Yaktrax Walker ([YW]; YakTrax, Port Orchard, Washington), a simple gait-stabilizing device, may reduce outdoor falls during winter in the elderly, according to the results of a prospective, randomized study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

“Falls may occur more frequently in the winter in northern latitudes because of more hazardous environmental conditions and suboptimal vitamin D status,” writes Fergus Eoin McKiernan, MD, from the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. “Improving gait stability in these conditions should result in fewer falls and injuries.”

In this study, 109 northern U.S. community-dwelling, fall-prone persons age 65 years and older were randomized to wear either YW or their usual winter footwear outdoors during the winter of 2003–2004. Mean age was 74.2 years.

Study participants completed fall diaries, documenting 93 indoor slips, 13 indoor falls, 714 outdoor slips, and 62 outdoor falls during 10,724 diary days. Although risk of indoor slips or falls was comparable in both groups, the relative risk (RR) of outdoor slips for YW was 0.50 ()

Of 19 outdoor falls, 12 occurred when subjects assigned to wear the YW were not doing so. No serious injury or fracture occurred in either group. The number needed to treat for the YW to prevent one nonserious injurious fall in one winter was six. Given that the cost of one pair of YW is less than $20, the author suggests potentially large cost savings for those who wear the YW.

Study limitations include likely underestimation of the reported magnitude of outdoor fall reduction with YW and possible lack of generalizability to elderly patients who were more or less fall-prone than those in this study.

“YW may reduce the risk of outdoor winter falls, and of nonserious injurious falls, in older community-dwelling people with a history of previous falls,” the author writes. “Targeting the most appropriate fall-reduction intervention to the right population should yield the best rate of therapeutic return. Under appropriate environmental conditions, YW appears to be an inexpensive means of preventing falls and nonserious injurious falls in fall-prone, ambulatory, community-dwelling older people during the winter.”

The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Physician Research Fund funded this study. Yaktrax provided the YW devices free of charge and provided Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation with $20 per study subject in compensation for study participation. The study subjects received their blinded compensation after study completion.
J Am Ger Soc. 2005;53:943-947


Site Search Tags: , , , ,

Advertisements

1 Response to “Yaktrax Walker may reduce outdoor falls during winter”


  1. 1 vuee 2006 September 23 at 1:14 pm

    Lehman’s is a great catalog for all sorts of things that don’t need electricity. They have the Yaktrax, item number 9258729S.

    Also stuff like straight razors, genuine badger bristle shaving brushes, oil lamps, etc.

    http://www.lehmans.com/


Comments are currently closed.



O’Folks (off their rocker)

Old age isn't a disease.

Arctic sunset

© header image

Comments how-tos

For those new to blogs, check out this post *commenting on blogs* Recent comments, on the sidebar blogroll, often have additional or complementary information. Recent revisions of posts themselves may be found by using the search box for "revised". Tech support says spam (ads or worse) is hitting WordPress heavily so if you don't see your comment in 24 hours, send an E-mail and TS will check the spam trap.

RSS BHIC Bringing Health Info to the Community

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

RSS Nonagenarian news

  • Clint Walker, star of TV's 'Cheyenne,' dies at age 91 - ABC News
    ABC NewsClint Walker, star of TV's 'Cheyenne,' dies at age 91ABC NewsClint Walker, the towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western "Cheyenne," has died, his daughter said Tuesday. Walker died Monday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in his longtime home of ...Clint Walker […]
  • At Age 93, Ohio Golfer Finally Gets A Hole-In-One - NPR
    At Age 93, Ohio Golfer Finally Gets A Hole-In-OneNPRBen Bender of Zanesville played golf most of his life, and at last decided it was his final round. That final round was when he hit his first hole-in-one. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Golfers know it doesn't seem like the most ...and more »
  • Mrs. Ima Jean Perry Cordle, age 90, of Rome - Coosa Valley News
    Mrs. Ima Jean Perry Cordle, age 90, of RomeCoosa Valley NewsMrs. Ima Jean Perry Cordle, age 90, of Rome passed away peacefully on Monday, May 21, 2018, at her residence with her family by her side. Mrs. Cordle was born on January 28, 1928, in Chattooga County, GA, daughter of the late George Perry and the late ...
  • Mrs. Frances Kerns Barton, age 91, of Armuchee - Coosa Valley News
    Mrs. Frances Kerns Barton, age 91, of ArmucheeCoosa Valley NewsMrs. Frances Kerns Barton, age 91, of Armuchee, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at her residence. Mrs. Barton was born on January 17, 1927, in Dawson County, GA, daughter of the late Marion Dudley Kerns and the late Annie Hulsey Kerns.
  • Former Cleveland Indians manager Dave Garcia dies at 97 - cleveland.com
    cleveland.comFormer Cleveland Indians manager Dave Garcia dies at 97cleveland.comDeeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Dave Garcia at age 97. What a remarkable man. A true baseball lifer. Friend to all. Taught me so much. He would post a .503 winning % over four seasons ('79-'82) as Tribe Manager. Here with Rick ...and more »
  • Maria Pappas McPhail, age 93, of Bastrop, died Friday - Temple Daily Telegram
    Temple Daily TelegramMaria Pappas McPhail, age 93, of Bastrop, died FridayTemple Daily TelegramMaria Pappas McPhail, 93, of Bastrop, Texas, passed away on May 18, 2018. She was born on November 6, 1924 in Temple, Texas to Tom Pappas and Lillie Sawberger Pappas. After graduating from college, Maria became a teacher and worked for the ...
  • Founding president of Bar Harbor college dies at age 94 - Bangor Daily News
    Bangor Daily NewsFounding president of Bar Harbor college dies at age 94Bangor Daily NewsEd Kaelber, who served as the founding president of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and, later, as the founding president of Maine Community Foundation, died on Thursday, according to a statement released Friday evening by the college. Kaelber ...and more »
  • Days of Our Lives Actor Joseph Campanella Dies at Age 93 of Natural Causes - PEOPLE.com
    PEOPLE.comDays of Our Lives Actor Joseph Campanella Dies at Age 93 of Natural CausesPEOPLE.comAmerican character actor Joseph Campanella died Wednesday at the age of 93. The decorated actor's daughter-in-law Sandy Campanella told Variety that the actor died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed he died of ...TV And Fi […]
  • Emmett Earl Pryor, wheat industry leader, dies at age 92 - Capital Press
    Capital PressEmmett Earl Pryor, wheat industry leader, dies at age 92Capital PressEmmett Earl Pryor, a former chairman of the Oregon Wheat Commission and past president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, died May 11, 2018, at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 92. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Growers League and ...
  • Oldest living Masters champion, Doug Ford, dies at age 95 - CBSSports.com
    CBSSports.comOldest living Masters champion, Doug Ford, dies at age 95CBSSports.comFormer Masters champion Doug Ford died this week in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at the age of 95. Ford turned pro in 1949 and won the 1955 PGA Championship. Then he took the Masters over Sam Snead in 1957. He went on to win a total of 19 PGA ...World Golf Hall of Fame member […]
July 2005
M T W T F S S
    Aug »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

  • 184,423 visitors
Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: