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Ways Seniors Can Help Prevent Falls

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

As a person ages, the chance of falling increases along with the repercussions. Some serious dangers that may result from a fall include a broken hip, a broken wrist, or a head injury. Since the bones are thinner and more brittle, healing can take longer. A fall may also affect a senior’s ability to live alone as well as cause chronic pain and depression. A few ways that seniors can prevent falls are by keeping the body active, having their eyes checked for vision problems, and reviewing medications for side effects. In addition, safeguarding the home by removing loose rugs, installing handrails, and improving lighting in hallways or bedrooms is recommended. Other ways to prevent falls are to install grab bars in bathrooms and use a walker or cane for balance. Wearing shoes with non-skid soles can keep you from slipping or sliding on a polished floor. Foot and ankle symptoms like numbness, tingling, and swelling can contribute to a loss of balance or stability. Please visit a podiatrist for foot and ankle strengthening exercises, as well as other information on how to protect yourself from a fall.

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 Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. 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 Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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