It is believed that about a third of seniors will experience a fall after the age of 65. Further, sore feet or flat feet are thought to be the most common causes. In addition, research shows that it is more likely that someone with foot problems is more prone to fall again. Taking certain medications may also contribute to the likelihood of a fall, as side effects can cause problems with balance and spatial awareness. Believe it or not, having a pet can contribute to a fall. Tripping over your pet or its toys can be responsible for losing your balance. Finally, refusal to follow safety suggestions in the home often causes falls. Here are a few ways to help prevent a fall and serious injury that may result. Wear sturdy shoes with non-skid soles that also offer adequate support. Use a walking aid if balance is a problem. Install grab bars in showers and tubs. Remove scatter rugs, clear hallways of clutter, and make sure to have adequate lighting. Finally, it is a good idea to consult a chiropodist regularly to monitor the health of your feet and ankles.
Falls are a common but preventable problem for older adults. If you would like to learn more about preventing falls, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility.
Did you know that most falls occur in the home? Fortunately, there are many simple changes that you can make to the living environment to reduce the risk of falling.
In the Bathroom:
Install grab bars near toilets, bathtubs, and showers
Put non-skid mats on all surfaces that may get wet
In the Bedroom:
Keep a light near the bed so that you can easily turn it on if you have to get up at night
Keep the path from your bedroom to the bathroom clutter-free and well-lit
Consider installing a bed rail for added support
In the Kitchen:
Use non-skid mats
Wipe up any spills immediately
Move commonly used items to areas that are easily within your reach
In the Hallways:
Place handrails on both sides of the stairs
Install good lighting in the hallways and around the entire home
Keep hallways free of clutter
Don’t use throw rugs or small area rugs
In Other Living Areas:
Keep loose cables, cords, and wires near the wall and away from walking surfaces
Make sure that all carpets and rugs are secure firmly to the floor
Arrange your furniture so that it is not in your way when you walk
Use chairs and couches that you can easily get up from
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.