Do’s and Don’ts for Protecting Seniors from Falling

During September, we observe Falls Prevention Awareness Day. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers we know that falls are a major concern for our senior patients. Every 11 seconds an older American is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Beyond the physical injury, a fall can cause depression, isolation and a loss of independence. Many falls, however, can be prevented. Below are some do’s and to help you lower your fall risk.

Do: Get foot pain evaluated and treated promptly. Pain in the feet and ankles is one of the top causes of patients falling. It’s only natural to try to change the way you walk to avoid pain, but this can make you awkward and more likely to stumble. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson will do a complete examination your feet and ankles and promptly diagnose and treat your pain. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office for an appointment.

Don’t: Be too proud to use an assistive device if necessary. If your physician has prescribed a cane or walker to help you get around safely, use it! Instead of thinking, “this makes me look old,” see it as a tool that will enable you to continue to live an active and independent life.

Do: Increase safety in your home. Half of all falls occur in the home. Get rid of throw rugs and low-lying furniture such as magazine racks and planters. Install additional lighting in hallways and add grab bars and non-slip strips in the bathroom.

Do: Review your medications with your pharmacist or physician periodically. Certain drugs may interact with other medications that have been prescribed resulting in dizziness or lightheadedness.

Don’t: fall behind on eye exams. Changes in vision can happen slowly and may not be immediately evident to you but will show up in your checkup. Being sure you can see properly is a must for fall prevention.

We want all of our patients to be proactive when it comes to their podiatric and overall health. If you have questions about foot or ankle care, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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