Did you know falling is the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in adults over 65? Fortunately, many falls are preventable, and we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers want to cover some tips for our Macomb County seniors and those who love them.
- Get foot pain evaluated promptly. When you experience foot discomfort, you may unknowingly alter the way you walk to avoid the pain. This, in turn, can result in tripping and falling. If you’re having any foot or ankle pain, make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office so that our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins can diagnose and treat any podiatric disorder you may have.
- Stay current with eye examinations. Poor vision is a primary cause of falls. Your eyesight may decrease with age affecting your peripheral vision and depth perception—both of which can cause you to miss a step or not see objects clearly at the edges of your field of sight.
- Declutter the home. Do a walkthrough of your home and remove tripping hazards like throw rugs, piles of books or magazines, footstools, and plant stands. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to do this with you to get a second objective set of eyes on your living space.
- Increase lighting. Illuminating dark areas can greatly reduce fall risk. Check areas, including front steps leading into your house, hallways (especially those leading to bathrooms) and stairways.
- Install safety features. There are several physical additions you can make to your home that will help prevent falls, such as grab bars in the shower, tub and around the toilet, handrails on both sides of staircases, and non-slip strips in tubs.
- Relocate frequently used items. Eliminate the need for step stools and overreaching for items you use most often. Rearrange cabinets, so items used for holidays or other “once-in-a-while” occasions are higher up and further back. Put everyday items on lower shelves within easy reach.
If you are a senior and have questions about your feet and fall prevention, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.