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Fall Prevention Begins With the Living Environment

It is crucial for people who are elderly to practice fall prevention techniques. The feet can easily become hurt during a fall, and this can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. The home may be the first place to observe tripping hazards. This can begin with removing worn rugs from the living environment, and improving existing lighting. Many people choose to have grab bars installed in the shower and toilet area, in addition to using a bathmat. Engaging in a routine exercise program may help to strengthen the overall body, which can be effective in preventing falls. Additionally, having regular physical and eye examinations is useful in updating medications and eyeglasses. If you would like to know more about how to prevent falling, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful 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 Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. 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 Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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