Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

The Feet Can Be Hurt by Falling

Research has shown that more than 50 percent of elderly people who fall will endure life-threatening injuries if they are not found shortly after falling. There are various reasons why seniors may fall, including having arthritis, taking multiple medications, or lacking exercise. Additionally, having hypertension may cause the patient to feel light-headed, and this may interfere with balance. There are straightforward methods that can be implemented that may help reduce the risk of falling. Improving the lighting in the household and having regular physical and eye examinations are simple, yet effective practices for limiting falling episodes. Many people choose to have a grab bar installed in the shower and toilet area, in addition to removing worn rugs from the living area. Falling can seriously impact the feet, and it is not to be taken lightly. If you would like more information about effective fall prevention techniques, 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 Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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