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Falling and Independence

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

When older people fall, they may become fearful to then complete daily activities, and can lose some of their independence. Additionally, the fear of falling may have some seniors become anxious and depressed. A helpful method that may prevent these feelings from developing may come from implementing fall prevention strategies, which may enable older people to feel more secure. These can consist of removing torn rugs from the living environment, and installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area. Additionally, it is beneficial to have regular vision and physical examinations to update current prescriptions and eyeglasses. If you would like more information about fall prevention techniques, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you avoid potential painful foot conditions.

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 Piedmont Podiatry Associates. 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 Greenville, and Easley, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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