Falling can be a devastating experience, and it is common among people who are aged sixty-five and older. It can cause severe foot injuries, and may compromise the quality of life. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, muscle weakness, or safety hazards in the living environment. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to reduce the risk of falling. These can consist of having regular medical and vision examinations where existing medications can be reviewed, keeping rooms uncluttered, and installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, please speak to a podiatrist who can help you with proper preventive methods.
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 Landmark Foot and Ankle Center. 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 office located in Alexandria, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.