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Philip Schrumpf, DPM
2835 Fort Missoula Road
Physician Center 3, Suite 304
Missoula, MT 59804


Can Falling Episodes Be Avoided?

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

Falling can be common among older individuals. It is an unnatural occurrence, and can cause severe pain, discomfort, and possibly serious injury to the feet. Many patients who have fallen have developed a fear of completing daily activities, and may avoid walking, shopping, or socializing. There are several reasons why falling can occur. These can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, muscle weakness, and balance problems. Additionally, it is important to have routine physical examinations that can properly assess existing medications. Some effective prevention techniques can consist of using a bath mat in the shower area, installing handrails in the bathroom, and removing frayed rugs throughout the household. Research has indicated the importance of performing simple stretches, and engaging in mild weight-bearing activities. If you have fallen, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can inform you of possible foot injuries that may happen without implementing proper fall prevention ideas.

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 Philip K. Schrumpf, DPM from Active Feet Clinic. 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 Missoula, MT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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