Prevent the Fear of Falling
Recent studies have shown that falling episodes in seniors may be more prevalent in the fall and winter months. This may be a result of the changes the body undergoes in this type of weather, and people may not be able to react in time to prevent a fall from occurring. Falling is said to be a leading cause for a variety of injuries in people over 65 years old. Many seniors who fall can develop a fear of falling, which may lead to limiting everyday activities. This can limit mobility, and physical activity may be stopped. It is beneficial to learn about effective fall prevention methods to restore mobility and enjoyment in daily activities. These can include improving lighting in the household and removing worn rugs from the steps. Additionally, it is important to have routine physical and eye examinations to update existing medication and eyeglasses. Falling can impact the feet, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can inform you of practical fall-prevention techniques for foot protection.
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 Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.