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Preventing Falls for Seniors

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Falling is a major cause of injury among older adults. Not only can falls cause physical injury, but they can also psychologically impact the person who has fallen and lead to increased fear of walking and reduced independence. The best way to avoid these issues is to prevent falling in the first place. Some strategies that may help prevent falls around the house include installing grab bars and a shower seat in the bathroom, clearing the stairs, making sure that the steps are visible, tightening any loose handrails, removing excess furniture, cords, or rugs that can lead to tripping, and installing brighter lighting. It may also be beneficial to evaluate the senior’s footwear to make sure it is well-fitted, comfortable, and supportive, and to use a mobility aid such as a cane. For more information about falls prevention, 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 Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. 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 Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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