Falling is an unnatural action, and the fear of falling may limit older Americans from accomplishing daily activities. Research has indicated that falling is a common cause of injuries among elderly people, and their lives may change considerably following a fall. Methods may be implemented which can help to prevent falling. These can consist of removing clutter, replacing worn rugs that can be easily slipped on, and improving lighting in the household. Additionally, it is beneficial to perform gentle stretching exercises which may help to increase the overall strength in the body. Many people choose to install grab bars in the toilet and shower areas, as this may help to provide necessary support. Please consult with a podiatrist to learn about additional preventive measures, and to understand how falling can impact the feet and ankles.
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 Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel from Wachtel Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.