What do I need to do to prevent injuries from falling?

Since the effects of falls are much more serious as you get older, senior fall prevention is important. Considering steps to stay safe on your feet can prevent avoidable injuries and keep you mobile in your golden years. Factors that contribute to falls include your shoes, your strength, your diet, and the surfaces you stand on. The right shoes will support your feet, but the wrong pair may cause biomechanical issues or pain that contributes to feeling unsteady. Weakened feet aren’t able to stabilize you—and may allow balance issues to creep in. What you eat plays a role as well; nutrition affects your nerves and tissue strength.

You may not be able to control what you stand on at all times, but you can certainly work to make sure the floors and rugs in your home won’t trip you. Secure loose rugs with double-sided tape and don’t walk around in slick socks. Keep walking pathways clear of all clutter or cords. If you’re concerned about preventing falls or treating foot conditions that make you unstable, let Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston know. You can reach us for an appointment by calling (281) 497-2850 or using our website.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.