Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

People Who Have a Fear of Falling May Lose Interest in Exercising

The simple mishap of slipping on the floor or tripping on a rug can cause many injuries, including unwanted foot conditions. A fall may result in a broken foot or sprained ankle, and this may complicate daily living. Falling is a common occurrence among elderly people, and it may instill a fear of completing everyday activities. This fear of falling may lead to refraining from participating in an exercise program, which may cause the muscles to lose strength. There are several things that can cause falling to occur, in addition to simple methods that can be implemented which can help to prevent them. These can include scheduling regular physical and eye examinations that can update existing medications and eyeglasses, and removing frayed rugs from the living environments. Additionally, many seniors choose to have grab bars installed in the shower and toilet areas, and it can help to use a bathmat. If you would like more information about the importance of using effective fall prevention techniques, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

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 Gerber Podiatry Clinic. 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 office located in Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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