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Preventing Falls and Home Safety for Seniors

People can injure their feet from falling, and ensuring a safe home environment is important for seniors to maintain independence and prevent falls. Simple modifications and precautions can significantly reduce the risk of falls in the home. Start by removing tripping hazards such as loose rugs, clutter, and electrical cords from pathways. Install handrails and grab bars in key areas such as bathrooms, staircases, and hallways to provide stability and support. Improve lighting throughout the home, especially in dimly lit areas, to enhance visibility and reduce the risk of missteps. Consider adding non-slip mats or strips in the bathroom and shower to prevent slips and falls on wet surfaces. Regularly check and maintain the condition of stairs, handrails, and flooring to address any potential hazards promptly. By implementing these practical falls prevention methods, seniors can create a safer living environment. If you are seeking additional fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with education about protecting the feet from falling.

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. 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 offices located in River Oaks and Sharpstown in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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