Millions of elderly people (mostly age 65 and older) suffer from dangerous falls every year. These falls can cause serious damage, broken bones, brain damage, and can even be fatal. With falls on the rise it is essential to your health that you are aware of the ways you can reduce your risk of falling and help those you love take the necessary precautions to keep them safe. We have rounded up some helpful tips that will help lower your risk of a fall.
Balance and Strength Exercises: Having good balance is very important to preventing falls. Yoga is a great option for improving balance. Also, having a sturdy base will help keep you on your feet and off the ground. Try working on strengthening your ankle and foot muscles on a regular basis. We think these are some great exercises for ankle strengthening, but remember to always have a chair or wall for balance when doing your ankle exercises.
Add Safety Precautions To Your Home: Make sure if you have stairs that they have railings on both sides, your tub/shower has a handle to get in and out of. Also, clear your floor of any unwanted items that could be a tripping hazard. If you are unable to do these things on your own, ask a family member or friend for help so that you can feel safe in your own home.
Wear Supportive Shoes: Having poor footwear and foot pain increases your chances of falling so make sure to invest in a sturdy, comfortable shoe that will help with your balance and stability. Try out some of Dr. Merrill's top picks: SAS Extra Depth Shoes, New Balance Shoes, and these Brooks Ariel Shoes.
If you are suffering from foot pain, go see your local podiatrist so that you can get your feet healthy and pain free which will in turn reduce your risk of falling. If you are in the Southern Oregon area Dr Evan Merrill and his staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC are ready to give you the care you need to get you back on your feet. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.