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Methods That May Aid in Falls Prevention

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Research has shown that 33% of elderly people will fall this year, and many are reluctant to discuss it with their physicians. It’s important to take measures which can possibly prevent falling, and this may be beneficial in avoiding painful fractures. Additionally, after a fall has occurred, many seniors may not be willing to perform certain activities, and this may possibly be a result of a fear of falling that has developed. When specific measures are implemented, the risk of falling may be diminished. These may include removing any clutter that may be present in the home, installing grab bars in the shower and bathroom area, and removing any loose carpeting. Additionally, having proper lighting may aid in the prevention of falls. If you have fallen and have injured your feet or ankles, please speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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