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The Importance of Preventing Falls

While anyone can fall at any age, the older one is, the more common falls are. Unfortunately, falls can cause serious injuries and can interfere with mobility and independence. Among other things, falls can happen in seniors due to side effects of medication, vision impairment, and chronic health conditions. It is important for seniors to have their living environments checked for risks, such as tripping hazards, poor lighting, and securing locks on assistive devices. It is also essential to be on top of their health and keep as active as possible in the quest to prevent falls. A chiropodist can assist in educating you about things to tend to in preventing falls and examine your feet for any contributing factors. If a fall occurs and you hurt your feet or ankles, a chiropodist can also assist in treating injuries. 

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.

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