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Preventing Falls

Falls are especially threatening to the elderly and can interfere greatly with their independence. Falls can cause hip fractures, cuts, and severe head and brain injuries. Statistics show that if a person falls once, their chances of falling again double. However, just because one ages, does not mean falls are inevitable. There are ways to prevent falls at any age. Checking one’s environment for fall hazards is critical. Slippery floors, unstable stairs, and ignored electrical cords are common causes of falls. It is recommended that clutter be kept down, tripping hazards repaired or removed, and grab bars and handrails be installed. Make sure the home and surrounding areas are well-lit. Wear shoes rather than socks, which are more apt to cause slips. Exercise can keep one strong and flexible and improve balance, thus making a person less prone to falls as well. If you are older or looking after someone who is, consult with a podiatrist on additional ways to prevent falls.

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 Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. 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 Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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