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Dangers of Falls Among Seniors

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

As you age, the risk of falls becomes a serious concern. Statistics reveal that more than one-fourth of older adults experience a fall each year. Many falls go unreported to doctors despite the doubled chances of falling again after the first incident. Falls often result in severe consequences, such as broken bones or head injuries that may compromise physical health and reduce independence. Contributing factors to falling include foot pain or wearing poorly fitting footwear. Additionally, lower body weakness, vision problems, and medication side effects can contribute to the risk of falls in older adults. To help prevent falls, seniors are encouraged to schedule appointments with a podiatrist to assess foot health, footwear, and gait abnormalities. Engaging in regular strength and balance exercises can help by improving stability and reducing fall risk. Regular eye exams and updating eyeglasses as needed can enhance visual clarity, especially for outdoor activities. Making the home environment safer by eliminating trip hazards, installing grab bars in bathrooms, and ensuring adequate lighting is also important in fall prevention. If you have injured your feet during a fall, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with 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 Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. 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 Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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