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Falling May Increase With Age

Life-changing moments can happen from slipping on a rug, or from tripping over an object. The feet are often affected after falling, such as incurring a broken ankle, foot, or toe, and it is always a good option to learn about fall prevention techniques. Research has indicated that approximately one-quarter of people who are 65 years and older fall every year. Additionally, the risk of falling increases with age, and the importance of practicing fall prevention methods becomes imperative. It is wise to have routine physical and eye examinations where existing medications and current eyeglass prescriptions are checked. At the same time, an examination can diagnose thyroid disorders, which may lead to increased falls. It is beneficial to incorporate gentle exercises and stretches into your daily routine, which can help to increase muscle strength. Installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area may help to reduce the risk of falling, in addition to using a bath mat while standing in and out of the shower. If you would like to learn about other effective fall prevention methods, 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 from Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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 office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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