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Should I Worry About My Elderly Loved One Falling?

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

If you have an elderly loved one living alone, it is important to be aware that they may be more at risk of falls and broken bones, which can lead to a decline in mobility, independence, and quality of life. Every year, at least one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 falls—and one fall increases the chances of another. An elderly person may have weakened bones due to osteoporosis or there may be other contributing factors that lead to falls. This can include vision problems, weakness in the legs and feet, balance and mobility issues, vitamin D deficiency, certain medications that reduce stability, and household hazards such as throw rugs, clutter, and uneven stairs. Improper footwear and foot pain can also increase the risk of falling, so it is suggested that a podiatrist examine your loved one’s feet to address any pain, and also to recommend proper footwear and possibly even create orthotics to correct gait issues.

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 Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor 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 office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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