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Foot Pain and Falls Prevention for Elderly

Foot pain is a significant concern among the elderly population that contributes to an increased risk of falls and related injuries. As people age, they may experience various foot problems such as arthritis, neuropathy, and decreased sensation, any of which can affect balance and stability. Foot pain can make it challenging for older adults to walk safely and confidently, increasing the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls. These falls can result in serious injuries like fractures, head injuries, and a loss of functioning independently. Therefore, it is important for seniors experiencing foot pain to seek professional care from a podiatrist to address underlying issues and implement preventive measures. Changes in regimens like wearing proper footwear, doing foot exercises, and getting regular foot examinations can help reduce foot pain and minimize the risk of falls, enabling older adults to maintain their mobility and quality of life. If you are elderly or someone you know who is elderly experiences foot pain or frequent falls, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation. 

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 doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . 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 offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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