Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone, but they are more common and more significant as we get older, because we are more likely to injure ourselves.  Falls and fall related injuries are among the most serious and common medical problems experienced by older adults. Nearly one-third of older persons fall each year, and half of them fall more than once.

Even if you do not experience falls now, preventing them is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your independence as you get older.  

The podiatrists at The Forest Podiatry are here to help!
Talk to your podiatrist if you have painful or swollen feet, tingling or pins and needles in your feet or if you have any changes in the shape of your feet. All these things are common as our feet age and can lead to significant changes to the way you walk and your balance. We can suggest ways to improve circulation, decrease swelling and reduce pain in the legs and feet.
Choose comfortable, firm-fitting, flat shoes with a low broad heel and soles that grip and avoid wearing poorly fitted slippers or walk in socks. If you have difficulty finding suitable shoes, we can recommend some footwear options that will work for you both outside and inside the house. 

Other ways to fall-proofing yourself
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.

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. 

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