How to get up from a fall

1. Prepare

Man fallen on floorGetting up quickly or the wrong way could make an injury worse. If you are hurt, call for help using a medical alert service or a telephone.



Man on floor looking for something sturdy

Look around for a sturdy piece of furniture, or the bottom of a staircase. Don't try and stand up on your own.




Man rolling to sideRoll over onto your side by turning your head in the direction you are trying to roll, then move your shoulders, arm, hips and finally your leg over.




2. Rise

Man on floor pushing up with armsPush your upper body up. Lift your head and pause for a few moments to steady yourself.



Man on hands and kneesSlowly get up on your hands and knees and crawl to a sturdy chair.




Man getting up with hands on chair

Place your hands on the seat of the chair and slide one foot forward so it is flat on the floor.






3. Sit

Man with bended knee getting upKeep the other leg bent with the knee on the floor.




Man rising up slowlyFrom this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair.




Man sitting in chairSit for a few minutes before you try to do anything else.




We here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are always here to help you. Please talk with Dr. Thomajan about having a fall-risk evaluation. The fact that you have fallen once means you have a high risk of falling again.