Recent research has shown that when the body becomes stronger through stretching and exercise, the risk of falling may decrease. Performing proper stretching techniques may improve balance and this may greatly diminish the fear of falling. Walking has been known to be beneficial in maintaining proper balance in addition to practicing the Chinese martial arts that is known as tai chi. It’s important to properly take care of your feet by trimming the toenails correctly, and regularly visiting a podiatrist who can properly assess the general health of the feet. Conditions in the home may be improved by using non-slip rugs, installing brighter bulbs, and using a bar in the tub or shower area for increased stability. Medications may need to be reviewed on a routine basis in addition to having a vision test performed that will ensure you are seeing correctly. When these simple strategies are implemented, the fear of falling may disappear.
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 Footcare 2 You, Inc. 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 West Orange, Toms River, Bloomfield, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.