Five steps you can take to prevent falls:
Begin a regular exercise program
Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like tai chi) are the most helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
Review your medicines
Review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter ones. With aging, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.
Have your feet checked
Painful feet can increase your chances of falling. Visit a podiatric physician (podiatrist) at least once a year for treatment of any foot or ankle pain and ask how to reduce your chances of falling by using the Moore Balance Brace (MBB).
Have your vision checked
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
Make your home safer
About half of all falls happen at home. Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk. Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases. Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
Many falls can be prevented. By making minor changes, you can lower your chances of falling
Taking care of your feet is important to your overall health. Be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton.
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