Reducing Fall Risk for Seniors
At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, we’ve heard patients say, “Falls are just a part of getting older.” That’s not true! We are committed to helping senior patients live long and active lives. During September, we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Month, which is a great time for us to share valuable information on preventing injuries from falls. Falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to older Americans, but that doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to lower your risk of falling.
Get Foot Pain Under Control—you know that when your feet hurt, your focus is on stopping the pain—even if that means walking a little funny. Changing your gait, however, can throw off your balance and make you unsteady on your feet. Don’t delay seeking treatment for foot or ankle pain and monitor chronic foot problems. Make an appointment at our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office so our podiatrist, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, can find the source of your discomfort and provide prompt treatment.
Remove Hazards at Home—did you know that over half of all falls happen in the home? Take a walk around the inside and outside of your home and make note of the following:
Is the lighting adequate in the entryway of your home? How about in hallways, staircases and along the route you take to the bathroom at night?
Are there repairs that need to be made to stone walkways or steps or carpeting that has become untacked and is sticking up?
Do you have grab bars in the bathroom and a non-stick surface in the tub or shower?
Does clutter tend to accumulate on your floors like piles of magazines or papers?
Exercise Regularly—engaging in regular fitness activities will keep you flexible and nimble. Consider adding an exercise class like Tai Chi to your regimen that helps improves balance.
Eat Well—a nutritious diet, believe it or not, can help reduce your chances of falling. First, maintaining an appropriate weight makes it easier to stay active and get around. Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D improves bone strength—very important in preventing falls. You can also eat a diet that helps fight inflammation, a major source of lower extremity pain.
If you’re a senior who wants to learn more ways to be proactive about your foot health, contact us today.