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Falling May Cause Serious Injuries

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 00:00

The act of falling can cause serious repercussions, and it is advised to learn about ways that prevent this from occurring. There are several consequences that may happen when a fall is endured, and this may include bone fractures, head or brain injuries that may be of a serious nature, or painful and uncomfortable cuts or bruises. Research has shown that approximately one third of seniors who reside in the United States will fall during the year, and this may cause many people to refrain from the activity that may have caused the fall. There are simple techniques that may be implemented, which may diminish the number of times falling may occur, and these may include removing any clutter that may be present, repairing carpeting that may have loosened, or removing any throw rugs that may be slippery. Additionally, it may be beneficial to install grab bars in the shower area, wear clothing that fits properly and does not drag on the floor, and install proper lighting, which may improve overall vision. If you have fallen, and have injured any part of your foot, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist, so a proper examination can be performed.

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 Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. 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 Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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