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How Foot Pain Contributes to Falls in Seniors

With age, the risk of falling becomes a significant concern for many seniors. Studies show that foot pain and foot posture have emerged as potential contributors to falling among the elderly. It is believed that seniors experiencing severe foot pain, along with those having flat feet, are more prone to recurrent falls. While not every fall can be attributed to foot issues, multiple falls often correlate with foot pain and posture problems. These factors increase the risk of serious consequences, such as hospitalization and loss of independence. A significant percentage of individuals over 65 experience at least one fall a year, and this number rises even higher for those aged 75 and older. By tackling foot pain and posture issues, seniors may help to reduce the occurrence of falls and enhance their overall quality. If you are grappling with foot pain or concerned about foot posture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address these problems and reduce the risk of falls.

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 one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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