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Exercise May be Helpful in Preventing Falls

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Falling can be dangerous. This can apply to any age group, and it is especially helpful for seniors to be aware of how the feet can become injured from falling. It is beneficial for elderly people to be acutely aware of their surroundings, which may falter as the aging process occurs. Getting adequate sleep and leading a healthy lifestyle may be good fall prevention techniques. One of the best things seniors can do for their body is to engage in a gentle exercise and stretching program. This is effective in building and maintaining strength in various parts of the body, which may help to reduce the number of falls. It may also aid patients in getting up quicker after falling, as a result of improved flexibility. There are prevention methods that can be implemented in the household. These can include removing worn rugs from the living area, and installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area. If you would like to know more about how falling can affect the feet and possible prevention methods, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful 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 Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. 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 Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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