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Road Rash From Stepping Off the Road

Share Your Story: My Worst Walking Injury - Road Rash Story

By wb

Updated July 06, 2011

How Did the Accident Happen?

I was walking a 10K volkssport walk in Silverton, Oregon along a country road. Traffic was coming and went to step off the pavement onto the gravel side of the road. But I slid on the gravel and fell, skinning all four limbs.

What Injuries Did You Get and How Did You Recover?

My hands, elbows and knees were all skinned and bloody. I rinsed them off with some of the water from my water bottle. I had another 1.5 miles to go to the finish, so I bucked up and limped in. I asked at the finish table about getting their first aid kit, as I stood there bleeding. I got a blank stare. So I went to my car and got out my own first aid kit. Luckily I keep a good one in my car. I rinsed off the dirt and gravel and covered my palms with bandages so I could drive.I had bandages on for a few days and then everything healed up soon enough.

Lessons Learned

  • Take a lot of care when stepping from a hard surface to a soft surface. Slow down and do it carefully.
  • Always keep a good first aid kit handy, in your car, home and office.
  • It's wise to carry along water, antiseptic wipes, and bandages whenever your walk. Accidents can happen even on short walks.

Wendy Bumgardner, About.com Walking, says:

Our First Aid Guide has how to treat a road rash. He also has tips on what to stock in a travel first aid kit.
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