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Podiatrists Can Help With Falls Prevention

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Podiatrists play a vital role in preventing falls among the elderly population in various ways. A couple of important ways they can help is by assessing footwear and prescribing custom foot orthotics. Wearing proper footwear can significantly improve balance and gait, offering better stability and reducing the risk of falls. Since many older adults wear improperly fitting shoes, a podiatrist can recommend appropriate footwear, including shoes with good traction suited to various conditions, and modifying existing shoes for a better fit. Custom foot orthotics are designed to support the feet and enhance feedback to the brain, which improves balance. They can accommodate different foot shapes and deformities, making each step more comfortable and stable, thus reducing the risk of falls. If you are elderly and want to ensure that you are doing all you can to prevent falling, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate your situation and provide the help 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 Foot & Ankle Institue. 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 one of our offices located in St. George, Hurricane, and Cedar City, UT and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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