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AMNON BARNEA, DPM
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New York, NY 10016

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The Dangers of Falling

Monday, 04 June 2018 00:00

There are several reasons why people fall, including poor vision, ingesting specific medications, or having difficulty in balancing. For older people, especially those who are afflicted with osteoporosis, falling can be extremely dangerous. This ailment causes the bones to become weak, which may result in fractures occurring. Learning how to prevent falls is crucial in avoiding broken bones, and this can be accomplished in several ways. People who put grab bars in the shower area, wear shoes that have lower heels, and keep rooms free of clutter have found these practices to be effective in preventing falls. It may be helpful to improve your balance by performing simple techniques which may include standing on one leg while holding the back of a chair for one minute and gradually increasing the length of time. Research has shown the importance of consuming the correct amount of calcium which may help in the development of stronger bones, and this may possibly aid in preventing falling.

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 Dr. Amnon Barnea from Walk NYC Podiatry, PC. 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 Midtown, Manhattan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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