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Sunday, 11 September 2022 19:24

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

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Did you know that falling is the top reason for people who are 65+ years old to be injured? While falling is usually not a big deal as a kid, as you age, it can result in fractures, sprains, and other serious injuries. That is why it’s important to be aware of your risks of falling and reduce them through these following ways:

  1. Create a safe environment - Many senior citizens fall in their own homes by tripping on a carpet, slipping in the bathroom, or getting caught on a cord. It’s important to assess your home and make sure that trip hazards are removed, and security measures like adequate lighting, handrails and banisters are in place.
  2. Address medical issues - Sometimes there are underlying health issues that are causing unsteadiness or dizziness. Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional if dizziness, or the inability to feel your feet or legs is what is leading you to fall. 
  3. Check your eyesight - Sometimes the issue is not in your legs but in your eyes. Be sure that trips, slips, and falls are not caused by eye problems.
  4. Improve your strength - Strengthening your muscles through physical therapy and regular exercise can help build muscles to improve your balance and ability to prevent falls. 
  5. See a podiatrist - If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or numbness in your feet, it’s important to consult with a foot doctor to address potential problems. A podiatrist can help figure out the underlying issue and provide effective treatment so you can minimize your risks of falling. You may be prescribed custom orthotics to insert into your shoes to improve your balance and support.

While there is no way to reverse the natural effects of aging that may decrease your strength and balance, there are many ways to reduce your risk of falling. If you are concerned about your balance or foot strength, be sure to consult with a foot doctor or other health professional so you can stay on your feet and avoid injuries.

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