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How Falling May Affect the Feet

Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Falling is unnatural. The feet can hurt from falling, and lifestyle habits may temporarily or permanently be altered. Possible foot injuries can include a sprained ankle, broken foot, or a bruised or broken toe. Any of these injuries may impact the ability to walk, and patients may have to use crutches for mobility. The risk of falling can be lowered by implementing successful fall prevention strategies. These can include improving lighting in the household, removing worn rugs from the living area, and starting a gentle exercise routine. This is beneficial in keeping the body strong, which may help to prevent falling. Additionally, it is wise to have regular physical and eye examinations which can help to update existing medications and eyeglasses. People have found falling episodes may be reduced by installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area, in addition to using a non-slip bath mat. If you would like more information about fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful 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 Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. 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 Abilene, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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