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Ways to Keep From Falling

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Many older people are at an increased risk of falling. It is believed that one-third of people over 65, and half of people over 80, fall at least once a year. Common factors that contribute to the likelihood of falling are impaired vision, loss of balance, dizziness, muscle weakness, and low blood pressure. Also, diabetic neuropathy (which causes numbness in the feet), slick or highly polished floors (especially in the bathroom), loose rugs, poor lighting, and pathways blocked with furniture may risks. Actions like slipping on a ladder or step stool, reaching for something too high, or going down stairs may cause falls. One good way to prevent a fall is by paying attention to your surroundings. Here are some suggestions to help lessen the risk: Use non-slip mats in the bathroom, and wear shoes or slippers with non-skid soles; get help moving heavy items and carrying awkward objects; make sure hallways have adequate lighting; use a cane or walker if balance is an issue; and remove throw rugs and loose carpeting. If you are at risk of falling, it may be wise to see a podiatrist for guidance in proper footwear and an examination to make sure your feet are not part of the problem.

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 Riznyk 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 one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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