Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Preventing Falls in the Living Room

It can be exceedingly important for senior citizens to protect the health of their feet by guarding against a detrimental fall. Suffering a fall can exacerbate existing foot problems and lead to the development of new foot conditions. Many seniors might experience a fall in the living room. A senior may help prevent falls in the living room by arranging their furniture so there are clear walking paths to navigate. This can reduce the risk of falling. Additionally, it might be helpful for a senior citizen to minimize clutter by removing furniture or decorative items that are no longer being used. For example, removing non-useful furniture or loose rugs can help clear up the living room space. If you are a senior citizen or are caring for one, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment. 

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 Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. 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 Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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