If you are a senior citizen, you undoubtedly know the importance of protecting the health of your feet. Something that can jeopardize the health of the feet, however, is suffering from a fall or trip. These falls can cause foot injuries in seniors and can further exacerbate foot health problems. Seniors might make a special effort to prevent falls in the shower. A senior might do this in a number of ways. For example, the installation of grab bars can help maximize stability and balance for a senior, giving them something to hold onto while entering and exiting the shower. Also, installing a shower chair gives the senior the option to sit while showering, which can reduce the chance of falling. Lastly, it might be a good idea to ensure that toiletries used while showering are placed within easy reach. If you are a senior or are caring for one, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to be diligent in protecting your foot health.
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 the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. 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 office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.