Research has indicated that approximately 25% of people who are over 65 years old will experience a fall. This can result in a serious foot injury, such as a broken foot or ankle. People who have fallen may develop a fear of falling, which may lead to becoming inactive. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to reduce falling. These include having regular physical and eye examinations, and this is useful in updating existing medication and eyeglasses. Additionally, it is beneficial to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, and it is safer while bathing when a bath mat is used. Many people improve the lighting in the household, and find it helpful to remove worn rugs that may be considered a tripping hazard. The feet can be affected by falling, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you if that should happen
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 Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.