The recent snow and ice means sidewalks and driveways are getting treacherous. 

Local hospitals are seeing more people injured from falls. 

Shayna Schertz, a wellness education specialist at Gundersen Health System, recommends keeping your sidewalks and driveways cleared. If necessary, use salt and sand on slick spots. 

Schertz said proper footwear is important, especially for the elderly. Making sure it’s not slip-on and there is enough traction. There are a number of injuries that can happen during a fall. 

"It can be anything from minor injuries to severe injuries, even death,” Schertz said. “Obviously, fractures are very common with falls."