About 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one out of every five falls causes an injury such as broken bones or a head injury, and about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in a fall. Keeping your feet healthy can improve your balance, coordination, and stability and reduce risks of dangerous and deadly falls. Since September is National Fall Prevention Month, we wanted to pass along some important information from The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons on how you can lower your risk of falls.
- Do not ignore pain: Foot pain is not normal at any age! 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: Regular at-home foot examinations are critical to the overall health of your feet and ankles. If you notice any 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: Surgery is sometimes 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. 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! Foot pain is not normal, Dr. Kovac and Dr. Erickson are ready to help get you back to the activities you love!
Some content is provided by The ACFAS and The CDC.