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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 16, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

In May, we celebrate National Safety Month and Older Americans Month. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to address an issue that covers both those bases and is important to the health of your feet and ankles: falls. The National Safety Council reports that one in 3 older adults falls each year. In fact it’s the leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for people over the age of 65. It comes in number 3 for all ages, however, so learning how to prevent falls is information that can help all our patients. Falls can cause several problems for your feet. Falls often result in broken bones in your feet, heels or ankles. Ankle-twisting falls can result in sprains, bone fractures and chronic weak ankles, which can ultimately lead to more falls. Areas of the foot that have been injured as the result of a fall may also have a greater chance of developing arthritis down the road as well. Here are some tips on how to keep from taking a tumble:

Secure Your Home—Be sure that furniture is arranged in such a way that there are wide pathways for walking around your home and remove small items, electrical cords, stacks of magazines or other clutter that can be a tripping hazard. Install hand rails on both sides of stairs. In the bathroom, install grab bars near the toilet and shower and use a non stick mat or appliqués in the tub and shower. Check that there is adequate lighting inside and outside your home.

Get Checked Out—Schedule regular checkups for eye exams to be sure vision is clear. It’s also a good idea to review medications with your physicians or pharmacist to ensure that there are no interactions that would cause dizziness.

Improve Your Balance—Stay active! Regular exercise and stretching will keep you from getting stiff and make walking easier. Focus on exercises such as tai chi that specifically improve balance.

If you take a spill, don’t pretend it never happened. For your feet and ankles, in addition to pain, look for the following symptoms: swelling, bruising, redness, misshapen appearance. Any of these may indicate a potential injury and should be brought the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. To make an appointment, contact our Washington office by calling:  (724) 225- 7410.

 

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