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How to Avoid Falling as an Older Adult

Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Falling is a fear that many older adults face, because the consequences can lead to complicated difficulties in the future. Older adults are at a higher risk for falling because of other ailments they face such as, muscle weakness, balance problems, and issues with blood pressure when standing up. Confusion may also lead to falls, because it causes disorientation. Staying active helps to keep muscles moving and strong, which lessens the chances of losing stability. Creating a simple exercise routine such as, walking or climbing up steps for part of the day, will improve the flexibility of joints, tendons, and ligaments. Also, non-skid and rubber soled shoes are the best type of footwear to avoid slipping. Wearing only socks can be dangerous, especially with hardwood floors, so slippers that have some grip on the bottom are recommended. If you have fallen or fear falling, then it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist about more options for falls prevention.

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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