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How Balance Exercises Can Help Seniors With Falls Prevention

Balance exercises can help seniors prevent falls, leading to serious injuries. As individuals age, balance and stability tend to decline due to muscle weakness and reduced awareness of the body’s movement. These exercises focus on challenging the body's equilibrium through activities like standing on one leg and heel-to-toe walking. By consistently practicing these exercises, seniors can enhance their ability to maintain balance in various situations, such as navigating uneven surfaces or recovering from sudden movements. Additionally, balance exercises promote better posture and body awareness, further decreasing the likelihood of falls. If you are a senior interested in preventing falls, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a discussion of your current situation, and how you can incorporate balance exercises into your daily routine to maintain independence and quality of life as you age.

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 Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . 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 Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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