Many elderly people who fall go to emergency departments as a result of serious injuries. These may include a broken foot, ankle, toe, or other types of foot condition. It is beneficial for older patients to have routine physical and eye examinations performed. This is helpful in monitoring existing medications and eyeglasses that may cause dizziness and imbalance, which can possibly lead to falling. Many elderly have family members or caregivers who can help to improve lighting in the living environment and remove worn rugs from the steps. Additionally, the elderly person may feel more secure when there are grab bars installed in the shower and toilet area. Wearing shoes that fit correctly is an effective fall prevention technique, and using a walker or can improve mobility. If you would like more information about how to protect elderly people from falling, a podiatrist can give you efficient procedures.
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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.