Identifying Risk Factors for Falling
Falls, often underestimated, can have serious consequences, especially as we age. Recognizing the risk factors that contribute to falls is the first step in ensuring our safety and well-being. These factors encompass a range of physical, environmental, and lifestyle elements. Physical factors can include muscle weakness, impaired balance, and diminished vision. Environmental hazards such as walking on uneven surfaces, poor lighting, and clutter can further increase the risk. Fortunately, taking proactive measures can significantly lower these risks. These can consist of engaging in regular physical activity to enhance muscle strength and balance, and ensuring proper lighting. Additionally, maintaining a clutter-free living space, and consulting healthcare professionals to manage health conditions are crucial strategies. It is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can discuss with you how falling can affect the feet, in addition to effective fall prevention strategies.
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 Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.