Older adults, or people with extreme medical problems, are frequently the victim of falls, causing broken bones or sprains in the feet and ankles as well as other injuries. Two ways that you can help prevent falls are setting up a safe home and exercising to build strength and improve balance. To make your surroundings safer, make sure your feet can touch the floor when you sit at the side of the bed, and hold onto something sturdy when you stand up; remove loose wires from areas where you frequently walk; fix uneven flooring in doorways; and remove throw rugs. Avoid climbing stairs, if possible. Keep passageways well-lit, especially at night. Go slowly when you get up or walk. Don’t stand on chairs to reach something. You may need the aid of a walker or cane to improve balance. Wear shoes with low heels and rubber soles to provide extra stability. For exercises to increase strength in the lower extremities and other information regarding falls prevention, please consult with a podiatrist.
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 Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. 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 Canonsburg and McMurray, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Falls Prevention