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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 22, 2016
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Did you know that in the U.S. every 13 seconds a senior is treated in an emergency room because of a fall and an older adult dies from fall-related injuries every 20 minutes? (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This adds up to millions of injuries to our senior citizens each year. Sadly, many of these can be prevented with some thoughtful lifestyle and footwear changes.

Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injury in a Fall

  • Get a thorough eye exam every year.
  • Regular exercise can strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Improve your balance with programs like tai chi that promote stability.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards like small throw rugs in your home.
  • Add railings to both sides of all stairways.
  • Improve lighting where necessary especially on stairs.
  • Take a look at all wiring and get rid of excess cords and extension cords. Secure any that are necessary with duct tape.

Choose Footwear with Safety in Mind

Could your shoes increase your risk of falling? Try this 1-2-3 test on those in your closet:

  1. Bend the shoe to look for flexibility in the toe area.
  2. Twist the shoe to see if it twists too easily in the middle.
  3. Press the sides of the heel - it should be stiff, not collapsing.

If it's time to spruce up your shoe wardrobe, visit shoe retailers with professional sales staff who will measure your feet each time. A shoe that doesn't fit well is not only painful but can present a danger to anyone with mobility and balance issues.

Here are a few more shoe shopping tips to get a proper fit:

  • Shop late in the day as feet are largest then
  • Have your feet - both of them - measured each time
  • There should be no "break-in" period - new shoes should be comfortable right away
  • Be sure to bring your own socks and orthotic devices when you shop

With millions of seniors ending up in the ER due to falls each year, medical alert systems can be key for contacting help when accidents occur in the home. Reviews.com  performed over 100 hours of research and hand-testing on such devices.  Their guide outlines which factors will help families and seniors choose the right system for their needs  Click on the link for more information:  http://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/

Taking the right steps to maintain your balance and wear the right footwear are important to overall foot health for seniors.

Contact Us for Any Foot or Ankle Pain

At Clark Podiatry Center we focus our efforts on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions of all kinds. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to relieve your discomfort. Please contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. In addition to treating any foot or ankle pain, we can assess your balance and gait and recommend footwear and exercises to improve your stability.

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