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Preventing Falls Outside the Home

Even if you have meticulously prepared your home, stepping outside presents a new set of challenges that can lead to dangerous falls. Falls outside the home are a significant risk to the elderly population, causing fractures, injuries, hospitalization, and even fatalities. While in stores, where smooth, slippery floors are common, wear shoes with non-slip treads and use supportive aids, like shopping carts or walkers for added stability. In crowded venues like airports, malls, or concerts, hold onto a partner or use an assistive device to maintain your balance. Wear proper footwear with deep treads when walking in parks, playgrounds, and taking public staircases. Always use handrails, move slowly, and increase visibility at night with a flashlight, if necessary. Be extra careful in public bathrooms, which are notorious for wet and slippery floors but may not provide grab bars. Wet areas around swimming pools and public showers are other slipping hazards. Additionally, even walking through sand at the beach can cause a loss of balance. Certain strength and balance exercises can be prescribed by a chiropodist to help prevent falls. If you have fallen recently and need help, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of healthcare professional. 

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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