Preventing Falls in Outdoor SpacesTuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00
Sometimes when a senior citizen suffers a fall, it can be due to diminished strength in the feet. The fall can, in turn, further negatively affect the health of the senior’s feet. Many falls commonly take place in outdoor spaces. There are several things that a senior citizen might consider implementing to prevent falls from taking place in outdoor spaces. For example, a senior can ensure that their front steps or steps to a patio are even and not broken or loose. Additionally, a senior can be sure to turn on outdoor lighting fixtures after dark when going on the porch or patio to increase visibility. Lastly, during the winter, a senior might even consider using ice melt products in certain outdoor areas to combat slippery ice. If you are a senior citizen, or are caring for one, it is highly recommended that you reach out to a podiatrist for an appointment to learn more about fall prevention.
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 Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.