Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

Preventing Falls in the Hallway

It can be essential for senior citizens to do what they can to prevent falls from occurring. When a senior falls, they may be setting themselves up for a nasty foot injury or other more serious condition. As a result, the feet may become weak, which ultimately makes falling even more likely in the future. Many senior citizens could potentially benefit from being more vigilant about preventing falls in the hallways of their homes. For example, a senior may prevent falls in the hallway by taking a number of different steps. First, a senior could have lighting fixtures installed in their hallways to increase visibility, which can ultimately decrease the chance of falling. Second, a senior could have sturdy handrails installed in their hallways if they are particularly prone to falling. This will enable the senior to hold on to something while navigating the hallways. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist today.

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 our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. 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 Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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