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An Unforgettable Trip

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Traveling is exciting to most people as it can be relaxing or full of adventure. Either way, there is always a possibility of unforeseen situations, such as injuries, arising. Reducing risk of injury while traveling should therefore be an important goal. Slips and falls are a common accident that can happen while traveling. Consequences may be minor, but they can also be severe. Causes of falls are numerous, such as slipping on a wet pool tile or twisting an ankle and taking a spill. It is important to be aware of surroundings, avoid slippery surfaces, and wear supportive and well-fitting shoes while traveling. If you should fall while traveling, or to obtain more preventative tips, see a podiatrist who can answer your questions as well as diagnose and treat all ankle and foot-related issues.

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. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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