By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 21, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we recognize that our patients have different footcare needs at different stages of their lives. In honor of our senior patients we’d like to offer some important information on preventing falls—the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults.

Your Surroundings—one way to reduce the risk of falls is by being aware of your environment (indoors and out) and making changes when necessary. Inside your home, that may mean improving lighting, adding rails to both sides of stairs, tubs and toilets and eliminating throw rugs and low lying furniture, potted plants and paper piles. Outside, pay attention to what’s on the ground where you’re walking (i.e., ice, slippery leaves and loose stones). Be on the lookout for curbs and changes in surface elevation, particularly in parking lots and urban settings.

Your Health—be sure that you get regular checkups and follow all your doctor’s instructions. Missing an eye exam may mean you’re wearing glasses that don’t provide optimal vision—a key factor in falls. Have physicians or the pharmacist review your prescriptions periodically to ensure that you are not taking any medications that interact negatively with each other and cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Also, don’t overlook foot pain! Arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis and many other foot conditions can lead patients to shift pressure away from painful spots by changing how they walk. This decreases stability and makes a fall more likely. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will diagnose any foot pain or discomfort you may be experiencing and prescribe corrective treatments to eliminate the pain and the need for abnormal gait patterns.

Your Lifestyle—engaging in healthy habits overall can also go a long way to prevent falls. Maintaining an appropriate weight makes it easier to get around. Eat a balanced diet that contains foods rich in bone-strengthening calcium (dairy products, leafy greens and certain fish). Exercise regularly to help keep the bones, muscles and ligaments of your feet limber and flexible. Taking an exercise class that is specifically aimed at increasing balance can also help reduce the risk of falls.

If you have questions about any senior foot conditions or want to know how to be proactive in the health care of your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.