Falling can be a devastating experience. The feet and ankles can be affected which may result in a fractured or sprained ankle. Severe falls can leave an individual seriously injured and require a hospital stay. Falling often happens in the household, and there are simple fall prevention techniques that can be implemented. These can include improving lighting and removing frayed rugs and clutter. It is beneficial to have grab bars installed in the shower and toilet area, as well as a non-slip bath mat. It is beneficial to have routine physicals and eye examinations to monitor existing medications and eyeglasses. If you would like additional information about ways to prevent falls, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide effective 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 one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. 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 offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.