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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Simple Steps That Can Help Prevent Falling

A staggering number of seniors fall every year, and their feet may become injured. A broken foot or toe can wreak havoc in enjoying daily activities, and there are effective fall prevention methods that can be implemented that may help to avoid this. The majority of falls occur in the living environment, and making simple changes can help to avoid mishaps. These can include removing worn rugs, clearing clutter, and improving existing lighting. It is beneficial to have routine physical and eye examinations, which is helpful in updating medication and eyeglasses. Additionally, many people install grab bars in the toilet and shower area, as well as stepping on non-slip bath mats. Seniors become fearful after falling, and this may be eliminated when fall prevention methods are put into place. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide expert advice on this topic.

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 our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry 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 office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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