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Fall Prevention Exercises for Older Adults and Those at Risk

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

For older adults or those with medical issues, the risk of falling is a concern, as it can lead to severe injuries. Regular exercise can help prevent falls by strengthening foot and leg muscles, improving balance, and increasing endurance. One can perform balance exercises during everyday activities, such as standing on one foot while waiting in line or sitting down and standing up without using the hands. For stronger calves and ankle muscles, the toe stand exercise can be done where one holds onto a solid support, like a chair, for balance, with the back straight and both knees slightly bent. Then push up onto the tiptoes as high as possible and lower both heels to the floor. Walking, especially on uneven surfaces, and Tai Chi are beneficial for improving strength and balance. Swimming pool exercises can also help. Start slowly and breathe easily during exercise. If pain or dizziness occurs, stop immediately. If you are concerned about falling and seek additional fall prevention tips, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Dawn Miles, 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 one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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