Falls are serious. They are the second cause of unintentional injuries leading to death in the world. They can also cause permanent disability. As might be expected, seniors, especially women, incur the greatest number of falls. Aging people are less steady on their feet, and have other physical, cognitive, and sensory age-related changes that can make falling a more likely occurrence. Falls among those in this population can greatly interfere with mobility, quality of life, and independence. Additionally, many environments are not age friendly. Implementation of effective fall prevention strategies among seniors can save heartache in their limited years. These strategies can include having regular physical and eye examinations which can monitor existing medications and eyeglasses. It can also help to participate in an exercise program to maintain strength and stability, in addition to keeping households and outer doorways well lit. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist regularly for examinations and other tips on preventing 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 Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore 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 Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.