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Falling Can Affect the Feet

Devastating injuries such as hip fractures or broken ankles may increase with the older population. This may happen as a result of falling, and it is essential to implement fall prevention techniques that may help to prevent injuries. Research has indicated that falling is the main cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for people who are 65 years and older. Simple methods can be put into place that can possibly help to avoid this. Performing a daily exercise routine is effective in building and maintaining strength in the body. This can help to improve flexibility, range of motion, and balance. Additionally, installing grab bars in the shower and toilet areas is beneficial in avoiding falls on slippery surfaces. Many people choose to have brighter lighting in the household and remove worn rugs. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet and how to avoid this, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

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 Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. 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 Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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