April No Falls Day!
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April No Falls is a national and international campaign, which aims to educate and raise awareness of falls prevention and help those at risk of falling to stay on their feet.
Fall-proof yourself – There are a number of ways you can reduce your chances of having a Fall.
Exercise: Being physically active is important to stay well, independent and to do everyday tasks. It is important to implement balance and strength exercises into your every day routine.
Regular Eye Tests: As we grow older our vision changes. We do not see as clearly, are less able to judge distance and depth, and adjust to sudden changes in light therefore it is very important to have your vision checked on a regular basis.
Medications Review: Some medicines can increase your risk of falls, especially those taken for anxiety, depression or difficulty sleeping. Medication may make you feel drowsy, unsteady, dizzy or confused. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms talk to your doctor.
Sore Feet: Feet can change shape and lose some feeling. Painful and swollen feet make it difficult to walk and some shoes or slippers may cause you to stumble or trip. It is important to see your Podiatrist to have your feet checked, they will also be able to give you information regarding safe footwear for inside and outside the house.
Household Hazards: There are many trip hazards in your house such as rugs, uneven tiles and stairs. It is important to identify these hazards and implement strategies to reduce the risk of falls within your house. Occupational therapists can do an at home falls risk assessments to identify these hazards.
Vitamin D: Being deficient in Vitamin D can affect your bone and muscle strength as this vitamin helps our bodies to absorb calcium from food. Talk to your doctor regarding your risk of osteoporosis.
Show your love for your feet, mind and body this Autumn!
Start today by calling The Forest Podiatry on 9452 4433 or email us [email protected] or Like Us on Facebook!
We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Thanks for reading and all the best, The Forest Podiatry team