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Securing the Home for Effective Fall Prevention

Accidents can happen anywhere, but our homes should be a sanctuary of safety. One common but preventable mishap is falling within the household. These accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor scrapes to foot injuries, making fall prevention a top priority. This can begin with ensuring your home is well lit, especially in high traffic areas and staircases. Removing clutter and hazards from walkways, such as loose rugs or cords, and securing them to the floor or wall are effective fall prevention techniques. Installing handrails on stairs and grab bars in bathrooms is useful for added support. Consider using non-slip mats in the shower and bathtub. Regularly inspect and maintain your flooring to prevent tripping over loose tiles or damaged areas. Wear appropriate footwear with good grip, and be cautious on wet or slippery surfaces. Additionally, it is beneficial to stay active and that can help to maintain strength and balance, reducing the risk of falls. Taking these precautions can transform your home into a safe haven, where the threat of falling is minimized. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet in addition to learning about successful prevention methods, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

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 Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor 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 Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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