September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. At Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., we want to take this opportunity to raise awareness about falls and highlight a set of simple checks to help our senior citizens avoid falls. Statistics show that in the U.S. a senior citizen is wheeled into the emergency room every 11 seconds to be treated for a fall. That is a startling figure which should not be taken lightly. Falls are the major cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults.
The good news is that you take proactive steps. Here’s a list of suggestions for our seniors to minimize their risk of falling:
- Check your house for any fall hazards. Home hazards can threaten one’s fall risk. You can prevent falls by modifying your living space. Install support bars and handles near your toilet and around the shower. Invest in an anti-slip mat for the shower stall. Have a clutter-free space. Clear pathways of magazines, wires, or any other loose items lying around. Insert more lights in the hallways and pathways that are frequently used.
- Get treatment for impaired vision. Even a slight change in vision and perception can increase the risk of tripping and falling.
- Address the pain, swelling, or discomfort in any of the lower extremities of your body. Pain in the lower back, hips, or feet can hamper your usual gait. It increases the chance of losing your balance. Prompt treatment can save you the risk of falling.
- Exercise your muscles. Exercise helps in strengthening the muscles, correct posture, and improve balance. Regular physical activity also helps keep the weight down.
- Consult a doctor about the side effects of your regular medication. Make sure your regular medicines have no potential side effects that may cause dizziness, obstructed vision, or imbalance.
- Choose footwear that is a perfect fit. Footwear that fits you perfectly and has good traction can save you from tripping, slipping, or falling. It will make your gait comfortable.
Taking proactive steps can help keep your feet safe and healthy. Your podiatrist can sort your foot health issues and assist you in decreasing your fall risks. If you have any concerns or questions for us, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. John C. Marzano of Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, to schedule a consultation. You can call us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701