The fear of falling is something that plagues many older adults. Falls can result in many other health complications, such as broken bones that lead to more serious issues. Recovery can be a long and straining process, so it is best to practice fall prevention in order to avoid these stressful inconveniences. There are techniques and behaviors one can utilize to prevent falling. Some communities have partnered with organizations to offer falls prevention classes for anyone who is interested. These programs hope to lessen the fear surrounding falling, while simultaneously increasing the activity of older adults. Sometimes, the fear of falling causes some to lower their activity level, which results in weakness that can cause more damage if a fall does occur. If you fear falling or have any further questions about falls prevention, then it is recommended you consult with a podiatrist for more 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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 Oradell, NJ, also serving the areas of Paramus, Westwood, Hackensack, and Fair Lawn. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Falls Prevention