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Can Falling Be Prevented?

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Research has indicated that as people naturally age, the risk of falling may increase. It may be a result of chronic health conditions, poor vision, and a loss of strength as the aging process occurs. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to reduce the chances of falling. These can consist of removing worn rugs, improving lighting in the living environment, and having routine physical examinations. This can be helpful in updating current medications which could be beneficial in eliminating existing dizziness. Additionally, many patients choose to have grab bars installed in the shower and bathroom areas, as this may provide additional support. If you would like more information about the effects falling may have on the feet, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective prevention techniques.

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 Geller Foot Clinic. 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 Lathrup Village, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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