Elderly people who routinely practice building their strength and flexibility may decrease their chances of falling. Balance and confidence may become stronger from performing stretches and exercising, which may help to enhance the vestibular system. This is found in the inner ear and contributes to how well the body can balance. Having good balance is crucial in preventing falls, and this can help the bones, joints, and muscles in the feet to stay strong. Some effective activities and stretches can include playing ping pong, golf, learning tai chi, or taking up gardening. Making improvements in the household is also an effective fall prevention technique. These can consist of installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area and removing worn rugs from the living environment. Additionally, it is beneficial to have regular physical and eye examinations that can update existing medications and eyeglasses. If you would like more information about how having strong feet can help to prevent falling, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.
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 InStride Family Foot Care. 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 Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.