Take Action During Falls Prevention Month
According to the National Council on Aging, one out of four Americans, aged 65 and older, will fall each year. During September, the doctors at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC recognize National Falls Prevention Month. We want to provide tips on ways to protect our older neighbors and share some proactive ways to strengthen your feet and ankles.
When someone falls, it can be sudden and frightening. If you witness a fall, please contact a medical professional immediately. Do not delay or ignore initial pain.
Here are some ways to avoid a fall:
Choose the right shoes
We often talk about the importance of wearing the right size — and type of shoe. For older Americans, this is even more important. If shoes are too loose, for example, there is a chance of walking out of the shoe or tripping. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to trips, falls, and other conditions that lead to foot and ankle pain.
Exercise and add a dose of Vitamin D
Strong bones are important for every stage of life, especially as we age. Exercise your muscles and maintain a healthy diet with Vitamin D to strengthen your feet and ankles. Remember, older Americans are more at risk of developing osteoporosis, particularly women. Osteoporosis simply means that there is a decrease in bone density and that your bones are thinning. The result can be a fracture after a fall.
If you have diabetes, you may have developed neuropathy. This condition leads to permanent nerve damage, and patients with peripheral neuropathy may lose the ability to experience sensations such as hot and cold — or sharp or dull. This condition puts patients at risk of a fall because of their inability to detect danger. If you experience tingling or numbing in your feet, make an appointment with our office today.
We want to help you or your loved one prevent a fall. If you live in Westfield, IN, or the Hamilton County area, please visit our office. Dr. David Sullivan and his team are here to serve. Schedule a visit with us today or call (317) 896-6655.