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Risk Factors for Falling

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Falling is one the leading causes of injury and disability among older adults. This is due to the declining vision, reduced sensitivity in the nerves of the feet, reduced sense of depth, and decreased dark adaptation associated with aging. Other risk factors for falling include having a chronic medical condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease; having muscle weakness in the lower limbs or a foot disorder; or having balancing difficulties and dizziness. Lifestyle factors, including taking certain medications and not exercising, can contribute to falling as well. Environmental factors, such as wearing ill-fitting shoes, having tripping and falling hazards in the home, and not using walking aids properly, can also raise the risk of falling. If you would like to learn more about preventing falls, please consult 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 one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Arlington and Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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