Simple Methods That Can Help to Prevent Falling
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Simple Methods That Can Help to Prevent Falling

Falling can be a common occurrence for people who are age sixty-five years and older. It can emotionally and physically change lives, and it is important to practice fall prevention techniques. These can include having routine visual and physical examinations, monitoring blood pressure, and reviewing existing medications. Additionally, it may be necessary to alter living conditions by replacing worn rugs, improving lighting, and installing grab bars in the shower and toilet areas. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly, as this may help to reduce the number of falls. Slippery surfaces that can include hardwood floors can be minimized when rugs are used. Falling can affect the feet and can negatively impact everyday activities. If you would like more information about how to prevent falling, please schedule an appointment 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 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 . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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