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How Falling May Affect The Feet

Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00

Research has indicated that people of all ages fall, and it may be more common among people who are sixty-five or older. If falling should occur, the feet may endure a fracture or a sprain, which can make daily activities difficult to complete. Older patients may experience a loss of balance, and their eyesight may diminish as the aging process occurs. Additionally, elderly people may have spinal disorders which can lead to falling. It may be helpful for seniors to incorporate a gentle stretching and exercise program into their daily routine, which can gradually increase muscle strength. There are methods that can be implemented which are beneficial in preventing falling. These can include removing any loose carpeting, increase lighting in the home, and installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area. It is recommended to have a physical examination performed which can be beneficial in updating current medication. If you would like additional information about how falling can affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

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 Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. 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 Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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