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Preventive Measures That Reduce the Risk of Falling

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

Research has indicated that falls are a common cause of injury in people who are sixty-five years of age and older. There are existing factors that may increase the risk of falling. These often include falls that have occurred in the past, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or poor vision. It is beneficial to practice a gentle exercise program frequently, as this may help to strengthen the body. There are methods that can be implemented which can help to prevent falls from occurring. These safety measures include installing grab bars in the bathroom and shower area, increasing the lighting in the home, and replacing worn carpets throughout the house. It is beneficial to measure the feet annually, which is important in determining the correct shoe size. This can help to avoid tripping. If you have questions on possible injuries the feet can endure as a result of falling, 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 Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. 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 one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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