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Foot Pain and Falls in the Elderly

Foot pain affects up to 30 percent of older adults. This discomfort not only diminishes their overall health but also contributes to impaired balance and reduced physical function. The result is an increased risk of falls. Studies show that the link between foot pain and falls becomes increasingly significant with age. More than a third of those aged 65 and above experience a fall at least once a year, a percentage that rises to over 40 percent for those 75 and older. Recurrent falls are particularly common among individuals suffering from severe foot pain, and certain foot postures, such as flat feet, are linked to a higher risk of falls. By addressing foot pain and taking measures to improve foot function and posture, older adults can lower the risk of falls. For help with foot pain and its related risk of falling, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and guidance.

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 Houston Foot and Ankle Care. 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 Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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