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Aging Feet and Falls

Caring for your feet becomes more important as you age, as feet impact your ability to stay upright and mobile. Research indicates that foot pain, and common issues such as bunions, are significant contributors to falls among older adults. Studies also reveal that foot pain correlates with indoor falls, affecting gait and balance. Addressing foot problems through exercises, proper footwear, and wearing orthotics can reduce fall risks. Simple exercises, like toe rotations and ankle stretches, can strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Custom-made orthotics and choosing well-fitting shoes, especially for wider or misaligned feet, can help with comfort and balance. If you are a senior and want to prevent falling from injuring your feet, it is suggested that you schedule appointments with a podiatrist. This type of doctor can give you regular examinations and more information on foot care that can enhance mobility, independence, and overall well-being as you age.

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 Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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