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Fall Prevention in the Home and Workplace

Falling is dangerous in many ways. It can invoke a fear of falling, causing the inability to complete daily activities. Additionally, many foot injuries can happen as a result of falling, and this can happen in the home or workplace. The majority of falls can be prevented by implementing simple methods that can make the home and working environment safer. Many people at work have to use ladders for various reasons, and it is important the ladder is on stable ground. Additionally, a locking device can secure the ladder, and wearing slip-resistant shoes while climbing the ladder may help to prevent falling. Removing worn rugs from the living environment and clearing clutter from walkways can help to keep the home safe from falling. Many people install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, which can provide security while in these rooms. If you would like information about how falling can affect the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with prevention techniques.

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 the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. 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 Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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