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Why Are Older People More Likely to Fall?

Falls are the leading cause of injury and disability among older adults. As people age, they are more likely to fall. This is mainly because of changes in the body’s muscles, nerves, and joints. For example, older adults are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and poor circulation. These conditions can all impact the health of the feet and ankles, which serve as the foundations of the body and carry a person’s entire weight throughout the day. When foot and ankle health are compromised, falls become more likely. You can prevent falls by ensuring that the home is safe and free of tripping hazards, wearing well-fitted shoes, and visiting a podiatrist regularly to make sure that your feet are in good shape.

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.

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