Preventing Falls at Home
Falling is something that becomes scarier and riskier as we age. Falls can easily lead to larger complications that affect one’s everyday life. Precautions should be taken to help prevent falls and give someone who fears falling more confidence in themselves. Physical activity is important in reducing the risk of falling by improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait. Gentle exercises are recommended, but if you don’t feel safe exercising alone, then monitored exercise programs could be helpful. Sturdy shoes that fit correctly are also necessary, so avoid heels, loose slippers, and shoes with slick soles. Also make sure that your space is brightly lit and that there are no hazards laying around. Examples of hazards are boxes, electrical cords, loose rugs, and anything that is in the way in a high traffic area. If you would like to learn more about preventing falls, then it is suggested you speak 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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Falls Prevention