Since September is National Fall Prevention Month, we wanted to pass along some important information on how you can lower your risk of falls from The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among older Americans, falls are the number one cause of injuries and death from injury. Seniors have a greater risk of falls, and with that comes an increased risk of injuries, hospitalizations, and complications due to falls. By keeping their feet healthy, they can take steps to reduce their risk of falling.
- Do not ignore pain: Foot pain is not just a normal consequence of growing older, so do not resign yourself to aching and suffering. You likely have a treatable condition. For a proper diagnosis and intervention, be sure to pay attention to your feet and see a foot and ankle surgeon if and when you experience pain.
- Examine your feet: You are the gatekeeper of your own health, making regular at-home foot examinations critical. At the sign of bumps, lumps or other changes in your feet, make an appointment with your foot and ankle surgeon.
- Exercise: Simple stretching exercises can help you maintain strength and mobility in your feet and ankles, as well as provide pain relief. Talk to your foot and ankle surgeon about appropriate exercises for you.
- Protect: Use padding, insoles or whatever special footwear you are prescribed. Be sure to wear these, along with comfortable, sensible shoes, every day.
- Be flexible: Know that at times, surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a given condition. Fortunately, many simple surgical techniques allow foot surgery to be performed on an outpatient basis.
By following these tips, you may be able to reduce your risk of a life-altering slip or fall. Keeping your feet healthy can improve your balance, coordination, and stability. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, contact Dr. Kylin Kovac, DPM, FACFAS, or Dr. Jed Erickson,DPM at Idaho Foot and & Ankle Center. With their specialized education, training, and experience in issues of the foot and ankle, they will find the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan for you to get you on the path to recovery as soon as possible. Idaho Foot & Ankle Center also offers many innovative treatments including MLS Laser Therapy and Lapiplasty to help you get feeling better faster!
Some content provided by The ACFAS.