Causes of slips, trips, or falls include poor weather conditions, like ice, snow, rain, loose mats or rugs, and stepladders. Poor lighting and clutter can aggravate such injuries by causing sprains, fractures, and cuts to the feet or ankles. This is especially true in retail stores. If a retail worker sees something in the environment that might lead to injury, it should be reported to a supervisor as soon as possible. Spills leading to slippery walkways, cluttered areas, and wrinkled or bunched-up mats are some examples of things that need to be taken care of to prevent falls. If you work in a retail environment or are shopping there and sustain a foot or ankle injury from a fall, contact a podiatrist who can evaluate the damage and provide appropriate treatment.
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 Boca Raton Podiatry . 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 office located in Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.