Falling is a common cause of complications with the feet for elderly individuals, which is why one should pay particular attention to its prevention. There are many different steps you can take to better prepare yourself for avoiding falls in the future. Staying active and practicing a light exercise routine can help prevent falls by building your strength, flexibility, and coordination. Looking into shoes with nonskid soles is another way of preventing falls by providing extra support for your feet. Another way to ensure your safety is to remove any hazards around the house that may get in your way, such as electrical cords or loose floor boards. Keeping your home well lit is another great tip for preventing falls, as it makes it easier to see any possible obstacles. Many patients have also found assistive devices such as walkers, handrails, and grab bars useful for preventing falls. If you would like further information about how you can better prevent falls, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you more helpful tips.
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.