Millions of older adults fall each year. The CDC report one out of three older people falls each year, but more than half choose NOT to tell their doctor about it.
Falling can mean a loss of independence for most older people, and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. The good news is that falls can be prevented.
February's National Senior Independence Month is the perfect opportunity to evaluate the home and talk with your loved ones about how to reduce the risk of falling.
According to the Center of Disease Control:
- 1 in 3 older adults falls each year.
- 1 in 5 falls causes serious injury such as broken bones or head injury.
- 95% of all hip fractures are due to falling.
- Falls are the most common cause of brain injury.
Risk Factors for Falling:
- Difficulties with walking and balance.
- Foot pain – Increases your chance of falling.
- Poor Footwear – Is hazardous and can do more harm than good.
- Home Hazards – throw rugs, clutter, steps, lack of hand rails along stairs, bathroom and shower.
Reduce Your Risk of Falling:
Starting an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance.
Talk to your podiatrist if your having difficulty walking, foot pain, diabetes or neuropathy.
Wear “safe” appropriate footwear at all times.
Have an annual eye exam & update your eyeglasses
Make your home safe by removing hazards
Install handrails on stairs and in bathroom
Use the free tools below to evaluate you, or a loved ones risk of falling and to learn more about preventing falls.
If you are having problems walking, balancing, or are experiencing foot pain or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with our caring podiatrist. For more information or to contact a patient representative call our office in Long Beach, CA. (562) 433-0478