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Falling and Elderly People

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Falling is a common occurrence among older individuals. This can happen for several reasons, including poor vision, muscle weakness, and balance, which may be affected from taking certain medications. Medical conditions such as diabetes may cause neuropathy, and many patients can experience numbness or tingling in their feet, making it difficult to walk. Effective prevention techniques that may help to prevent falling can include improving lighting in the living environment, and installing grab bars in the shower and toilet areas. Additionally, it is beneficial to have existing medications and their dosages checked regularly. If you would like information about how falling can affect the feet, 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 one of our podiatrists from Midwest Podiatry Group. 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 Peoria Heights, ILMorton, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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