As we age, many of our everyday tasks become more difficult or more time consuming. Many older people living with arthritis or other conditions make regular appointments with a podiatrist for routine nail care. This is only a small part of what podiatrists do and your Austin podiatrist can offer older people a variety of care. A new area of focus is a problem that is reaching epidemic proportions……falls. If you are over 65, live alone, and spend a lot of time indoors, you have a greatly increased risk for falling and would benefit immensely from the fall prevention services offered by Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.
Research has found that 1 out of every 3 adults over the age of 65 are prone to at least one fall per year. Fractured hips, legs, and hospitalizations are only a few of the many things that can result from a fall. The simplest misstep or distraction can make anyone fall to the ground. As an older adult, the problems that result can be more difficult to heal and ultimately recover from than when such an accident happened in your youth. There are very few people who haven’t experienced a devastating fall or know someone who has. The cost of care and, too often, the increased mortality for such accidents is too much. Because prevention is everything, visiting with your healthcare professionals is a must.
There are many things you can do to help prevent yourself from falling at home such as taping down rugs and altering door jams. Unfortunately, it is not healthy to live as a confine in your home. We all benefit from getting outside for a little fresh air and sunshine from time to time. It is also outside that we have less control over the things around us that will cause a fall. That is why Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists wants to focus on putting your feet in the best possible position to support your body. By using proper footwear, inserts, or light weight foot and ankle braces, your podiatrist can keep your feet firm underneath you and prevent the rest of you from falling down. Have your Austin podiatrist assess your risk today and prevent future problems.