Preventing Falls Around Your Pets

Having a dog can provide emotional support and a reason to exercise. However, dogs sometimes contribute to injuries at home or while walking them. Falling is a major type of dog-related injury. Tripping over the dog itself or pet-related items, such as a toy or dog bowl, can lead to serious injuries. Putting toys away and placing dog bowls in less trafficked areas can help prevent such falls. Leash pulling can also cause falls. Holding the leash in one’s hand versus wrapping it around the wrist or hand can help reduce the risk of falling due to pulling. Training the dog not to pull is better but takes more patience and in the face of a loud noise or something enticing, like a squirrel, may not work. Being aware of surroundings and doing strengthening and balance exercises can help reduce the risk of dog-related falling or injuries sustained from them. If you own a dog and are interested in preventing such falls, consult with a podiatrist who can provide additional information.

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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