I know that, as I write, we’re only just heading into autumn. But the adverts about flu jabs are already starting, shops are selling Christmas stuff and as on Game of Thrones, Winter Is Coming.

I’m not a massive fan of snow - like most people with MS and/or mobility issues, I don't really need anything else to make me feel unsteady on my feet.

However, a work colleague told me about Yaktrax - and if you can get over the ridiculous name, they're highly recommended.

Basically these are snow chains for your feet - I got my pair over massive walking shoes, my wife managed to get hers on over her wellington boots.

The first time I tried them I was able to walk quite easily on packed ice (with my usual sexy grey NHS walking stick). I also managed to walk uphill pulling a combination sledge-and-toddler.

In both instances, it felt like I was walking on... y'know, like, a NORMAL walking surface. These things are so good, I didn't mind getting a few funny looks when, as a test, I planted my feet in snow and tried to do the twist - and found that my feet weren't moving.

Brilliant.

And like the walking stick, it's just something simple which could mean feeling independent in all weathers as opposed to useless and cut-off from society. Recommended for all but especially if you have mobility / steadiness concerns.

Please note: I am not on any kind of sakes commission / sponsorship deal! I'm sure there are other options to be found, these are just the ones I have used. But I remember that it became more difficult to fund them when the weather began to turn.

https://www.yaktrax.co.uk

Steve Domino
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