Research has indicated that approximately one third of seniors will fall throughout the year, and many will neglect to discuss this with their doctors. Falling may lead to serious injuries such as ankle fractures and sprains. Additionally, some elderly people may find they are fearful of participating in certain activities because they feel they may fall. There are measures that can be implemented which could help to prevent falling. It is beneficial to keep any accumulated clutter off of the steps, in addition to making lighting improvements. It is suggested to keep the bathroom area safe by installing grab bars and handrails. Wearing shoes that fit correctly may help to avoid any tripping incidents. If you are interested in learning about how falling can affect the feet and how to prevent it, 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 of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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.