Fixing Problems to Avoid a Fall
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month and it is also Healthy Aging Month. With these two topics in mind, we’re considering our older patients. While aging gracefully, some concerns come along. Did you know that more than one out of four people older than 65 fall annually? The statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you care for an older loved one, here’s another fact: less than half of seniors who fall will tell the doctor.
The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates know the risks of falls and the impacts on overall health, including foot and ankle health. The risk of falls increases with age, but there are some things you and your family can do to stay safe. Keep reading for more tips.
Don’t fall for the myth that only older people fall. They are at an increased risk, but everyone should fall-proof their lifestyle; if you fall once, the likelihood of falling again doubles. Knowing this fact can cause fear and anxiety.
Here are three ways to fix problems to avoid a fall:
Find ways to fall-proof your home
Unfortunately, many falls happen at home. It is sad because we should feel safest here. If you are trying to reduce the risk of a tumble, consider adding nightlights, cleaning the clutter in rooms to make a clear pathway, and tossing slippery rugs.
Strengthen your bones
As we age, we must stay on top of our nutrients. We may lack vitamin D or even calcium, which puts our bones at risk of injury. For seniors, a fall can lead to a fracture. The recovery and loss of confidence in mobility can be life-altering.
Know the signs
Education is a key factor in prevention. If you or a loved one is experiencing balance issues, there’s a fall risk. New medication may have side effects that could lead to dizziness. Take note of new risks in your home and act fast. The decision could prevent a fall.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.