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Why Do Elders Fall More?

Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00

In our youth, we are often able to just get back up again following a fall. This is not always the case as we age. Seniors are more likely to suffer falls than younger adults, with one in three seniors experiencing a serious fall every year. Among many other complications, these falls can result in injuries to the legs, ankles, and feet that can severely limit an elder’s mobility and overall quality of life. There are multiple risk factors that increase the likelihood of falling as we age, including having decreased strength, poor coordination, limited mobility, reduced eyesight, hearing loss, stiff joints, health complications, cognitive disorders, and taking multiple medications. Falls among the elderly can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences, making fall prevention an important goal. For information about measures you can take to help prevent falls, please consult with a podiatrist.  

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 the podiatrists from The Foot & Ankle Centre of New Jersey. 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 our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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