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Ways to Help Prevent Falling

Studies show that falling is the No. 1 cause of injury-related deaths in people ages 65 and older. Experts believe that it may be possible to help prevent falling by addressing three concerns. They are weak stabilizer muscles, poor core strength, and balance problems. Strengthening stabilizer muscles in the hips and core muscles in the abdomen improves the ability to stand up and move. Balance, reflexes and coordination diminish over time, which makes it easier to trip and reduces the ability to catch yourself if you do. Staying active is a good way to prevent falling, as a sedentary lifestyle further weakens the muscles. Performing a series of exercises to rebuild the strength in weakened muscles can help. In addition, exercises to improve balance can help with stability. Falls also may be caused by other physical ailments, such as arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and vision problems. Any of these conditions can further increase the risk of falling. For guidance and information on suitable methods to help prevent falls, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

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 Podiatry Care 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 West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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