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Exercise May Help Prevent Falling

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Research has indicated that aging increases the risk of falling. There are physical reasons why many people fall, and these include the inability to retain muscle strength, which may negatively affect balance. Many people shorten their gait as the aging process occurs, and their overall strength may be affected. Additionally, reaction time may gradually decrease, and vision can rapidly become worse. People who fall may experience a fear of falling, and this can cause them to limit their daily activities. They may refrain from engaging in an exercise program, and this is not encouraged. Participating in an exercise and stretching regime can help to strengthen the body, which is beneficial in preventing falling. Effective fall prevention techniques can include having regular physical and eye examinations that can update existing medications and eyeglasses, and it is helpful to install grab bars in the toilet and shower area. Falling can affect the feet, and unnecessary foot pain may occur after a fall. If you would like more information about how to protect the feet in addition to preventing falling, please consider consulting 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 Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. 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 our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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