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Knowing the Risks of a Fall

Well, school is back in session. Summer is in the last days. Now, we’re preparing for the fall season. It is also the start of Falls Prevention Awareness Month. You may not think about the risk of taking a tumble, but the risk increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four older people falls annually. An additional concerning fact is less than half of the people in that group will tell their doctor.

If you or a loved one falls, please call the doctor. It doesn’t matter if any pain is present. Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center knows the common injuries that can occur. Today he will highlight the dangers of falling and not talking with a medical professional.

The CDC reminds us of what can happen:

Beware of broken bones

When someone takes a tumble, there is a risk of a broken bone or a fracture. This type of injury can be categorized in many ways, so it’s best to get an X-ray during a medical visit. Ankle fractures are common. Hip, wrist, and arm fractures are common, too.

Hurt your head

Did you know head injuries are a serious risk, too? Taking a fall may cause a severe brain injury, which is another reminder of the importance of calling a doctor each time. If you are alone and fall, please call for help or reach out to a loved one who may be in another part of the home.

Foster fear

Did you know that falling once doubles the risk of falling again? Another negative outcome of taking a tumble is how it may create fear. It may also cause a person to pause the fun activities that used to bring joy. Unfortunately, slowing down on physical activity can increase the risk of falling once more.

If you are looking for a few ways to help at home, try these tips:

  • Add more lighting
  • Remove slippery rugs
  • Clear the clutter

We hope you and your loved ones remain safe this season. If you have concerns or experience an injury, we are here to help.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.