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Education and Falls Prevention

Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

Recent research has shown that falls are the leading cause of injuries for people who are 65 and older. This may often result in fractures occurring in various parts of the body, typically resulting in pain and discomfort. Elderly people may benefit from the help of caretakers who may be able to provide education about how to prevent falling. It’s important to inquire about the status of their last vision appointment, and this may determine if aging eyes may be a factor in unnecessary falling. Additionally, many elderly people have difficulty in keeping track of medications that need to be taken, and regular discussions of proper dosages should be adhered to. The efficiency of certain medications may change over time, and side effects may develop, which can lead to falling. It may be helpful to walk through the house to ensure there is adequate lighting, in addition to installing bars in the shower and toilet areas. These practices may allow elderly people to enjoy their lives by diminishing the risk of falling.

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 Dr. Linda D. Nachmani from Central Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctor 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 Pearland and Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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