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Exercise Can Help to Prevent Falling

Falling can cause serious injuries. The feet are often affected, and this can compromise the ability to complete daily activities. Having the eyes checked regularly can help to update existing eyeglasses, in addition to having routine physical examinations for medication checks. The living environment can be made safer by implementing simple fall prevention techniques, such as improving lighting in the household and removing worn rugs. Some people find it beneficial to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, in addition to using non-skid bath mats. It is wise to wear shoes that fit correctly, and keeping items in a lower cabinet may make them easier to reach. Engaging in a gentle exercise program can be helpful in keeping the body strong while improving balance. Tai Chi and yoga are good examples of this. If you would like more information about effective fall prevention methods, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information 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 our podiatrists from Superior Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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