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Falling Is Common Among Elderly People

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Many people who fall are reluctant to speak to their doctors about it. Research has shown that falling affects approximately 25% of the population and is the number one cause of injuries in people who are over 65 years of age. There are various foot injuries that can occur as a result of falling, including a broken toe, ankle, or foot. This can wreak havoc on completing daily activities, and it is beneficial when prevention methods are implemented. These can consist of removing clutter and worn rugs, improving lighting in the household, and it may help to avoid wearing pants that are too long. Additionally, many people install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, and using a bath mat may help to eliminate or reduce slipping accidents. Many older people choose to live on one floor, thus avoiding falling down the steps. If you would like more information about the importance of how to prevent falling, and simple methods that can allow that, please confer 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 Dr. Henry Miller from New Jersey. 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 Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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