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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Mobility Aids May Help to Prevent Falling

Mobility aids play an important role in falls prevention, especially for elderly individuals who may be at risk of having balance issues. Walking aids, such as canes or wheeled walkers, offer valuable support and enhance stability. Determining the appropriate mobility aid for a patient can be done through simple assessments. One effective test involves offering a hand for support while the patient walks. If they benefit from this assistance, it may indicate that a cane would be suitable. Alternatively, if they prefer using two hands or rely on a grocery cart while shopping, a wheeled walker may be a better choice. If you or someone you care for is at an increased risk for falling it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to discuss how mobility aids can help.

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 David K. Morris, DPM from Florida. 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 Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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