Seniors: Take Action to Prevent Falls

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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23, 2019. This annual event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Each year, one in four seniors over the age of 65 will fall, and every 11 seconds an older person is treated in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. At FL Foot Health, we want to help our senior patients avoid becoming one of these statistics. Falling is not an inevitable part of aging. There is much you can do to reduce your risk.

Medical Maintenance

Staying current with checkups and taking care of medical issues promptly can play a large role in fall prevention.

  • Have foot and ankle pain evaluated and treated by your podiatrist. Feet that hurt don’t function properly and that can cause a fall. Don’t have a podiatrist? We can help you find one in your town with our Find a Podiatrist feature.

  • Get eyes examined regularly and contact the eye doctor if you notice a decrease in vision or depth of field issues.

  • Periodically go over your medication list with the pharmacist to make sure there are no harmful interactions possible between drugs you are taking, which could result in dizziness or feelings of lightheadedness.

  • If you have diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions for regulating your blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar can help to avoid feeling faint as well as the development of neuropathy, which can reduce sensation in your feet.

Lifestyle Choices

It may not seem obvious, but overall healthy habits can also reduce fall risk.

  • Exercise regularly. This will help you maintain a good range of motion in your feet. Incorporate some form of exercise like Tai Chi, which will improve your balance as well.

  • Don’t smoke, as it impedes circulation, which can have a serious effect on the health of your legs and feet.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation.

  • Maintain an appropriate weight.

Home Improvements

Conduct your own home inspection to spot hazards or areas where you can increase safety.

  • Get rid of throw rugs, low lying furniture (like footstools and magazine racks), clutter on the floor, and computer or electrical cords in walking areas.

  • Install additional lighting in hallways and outside entrances to your home.

  • Add grab bars in the bathroom and an additional railing on stairs.

To learn more ways to be proactive about your podiatric and overall health, contact us.

Aging, BlogBecky Reese