Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Improved Balance and Strength May Reduce the Risk of Falling

Falling is common among people who are 65 years and older, and research has shown that frequently exercising may reduce this risk. This may be a result of increased strength in the muscles, bones and tendons, in addition to achieving improved balance. It is suggested that exercise is started slowly with practicing a few exercises per day until the body gets accustomed to it. This can be followed by increasing the number of repetitions and intensity. It is helpful to wear appropriate shoes that have adequate cushioning while exercising, in addition to using support if needed. Many people enjoy practicing yoga or pilates, and this can be added to partaking in a walking program. Falling can impact the feet, and research has shown that having a strong body may greatly reduce the risk of falling. If you would like additional information about fall prevention methods, please confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking. 

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 Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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