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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Day and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC would like to use this opportunity to address this important topic for our senior patients and those who love them. Did you know it’s estimated that every 11 seconds an older American is treated in the emergency room for a fall? One quarter of adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Even in cases where a fall does not result in serious or permanent damage, it can leave an older adult feeling anxious and depressed and cause them to withdraw from fulfilling activities with family and friends. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent falls. Below are some suggestions:

Take Care of Medical Needs

Falls can be directly linked to foot problems. Neuropathy or other nerve conditions that decrease sensation in the feet can affect balance and cause missteps which lead to tripping and falling. Changing your gait or the position of your foot when you walk or stand in response to foot pain also increases fall risk. Toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes as well as arthritic conditions that limit joint range of motion can also be contributing factors. The bottom line is, if your feet hurt, make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to let him examine your feet and treat the source of your podiatric disorder.

In addition to foot health issues, don’t neglect eye exams to ensure your vision is not impeded and also have your doctor or pharmacist periodically review your medications to prevent interactions that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or balance issues.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Use this checklist to make sure that the home environment is not setting you or a loved one up for a fall:

  • Do tubs and showers have handrails and non-slip surfaces?
  • Are stairwells, bathrooms, hallways and other areas inside and outside the home well lit?
  • Take a walk through the home—are their piles of papers, electrical cords, magazine racks or potted plants on the floor? How about throw rugs?
  • Do stairs have railings on both sides?

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Finally, maintain a healthy weight, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep up bone strength and exercise regularly. This will keep you in good physical condition and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have concerns about senior foot health, contact our Pooler, GA office today by calling: (912) 330– 8885.

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