It is well-known that senior citizens can struggle with maintaining the health of their feet. There are many different reasons for this. However, as a result of diminished foot health, seniors might become more likely to suffer a fall or tumble. One place in which a senior might fall is on a balcony in the home or even near Juliette balconies. Obviously a senior might be able to combat this possibility of falling on a balcony by strengthening the muscles in their feet to make them more resilient and stable. Another way to help prevent falls on balconies might even include ensuring that there are adequate railings and guards installed on or near the balcony. Providing proper edge protection might go a long way in preventing falls among seniors. If you are a senior citizen that has a balcony in their home and you are concerned about the health of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
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 Parkwood Podiatry. 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.