About one-third of adults who are 65 years or older fall at least once in a year, research has shown. It is also believed that falling is the 6th highest cause of death among seniors, and many falls cause serious injuries. Most falls occur either in or around the home while doing tasks or chores. Common causes for falls among the elderly are tripping, loss of balance, blurred vision, and underlying health conditions. For that reason, it is a good idea to take some precautions that can help to prevent falls. Experts recommend wearing shoes that fit properly and have non-skid soles, rather than walking barefoot or in loose slippers. Checking medications for side effects, such as dizziness or loss of balance, is also a wise move. Reducing the number of places that could cause you to trip, such as scatter rugs and dark hallways, is another good idea. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and placing non-slip mats in bathrooms are suggested. Using a walking aid, or at least having one nearby in case of sudden dizziness, may help ward off falls. Staying active and keeping weight at normal levels are a good idea. For more information about how to keep from falling, please consult 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 the foot specialists from Physicians Footcare . 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 various cities throughout South Carolina and several offices located in Georgia . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.