Did you know that September is Falls Prevention Month? This is a great time to raise awareness for the many injuries that come with falling and learn more about reducing your risk of danger. Many falls result in painful foot and ankle injuries, like fractures, ankle sprains, tendon injuries, and dislocations. Learning about falls prevention methods can help you avoid discomfort, hospitalization, and surgery. You may think you know how to avoid a fall, but there are many myths and mindsets we can find ourselves getting wrapped up in. Here are just a few of them.
“It Can’t Happen to Me.”
One in four seniors fall every year. You could be one of them.
“If I Stay Home, I Won’t Fall.”
More than 50% of falls occur at home! Do a home inspection yourself and note problem areas like slippery throw rugs, computer and electrical cords, dim lighting on stairs and halls, missing handrails, and clutter. Plan to fix these and, while you’re at it, add grab rails in your bathroom.
“Flexibility and Muscle Strength Can’t Be Restored.”
In reality, exercise can partially restore flexibility and strength that may have been lost. Being active now can improve your overall health and protect you from falls.
“My Medications Won’t Affect My Risk of Falling.”
Medications can make you dizzy or sleepy, so be careful when taking a new drug. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions.
“The More I Use a Cane or Walker, The More Dependent I Will Get.”
If you need a walking aid, use it. A cane or walker can help you maintain or even improve your mobility.
“I’m Afraid of Falling, But I Don’t Want to Be A Bother.”
Reach out if you need help – you will be surprised at how your family can help, from removing home hazards to learning about falls prevention together.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat various conditions and are committed to providing results. We are conveniently located in Woodland Park and welcome our neighbors in Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Verona, Stoney Road, Sandy Hill, Albion Place, and Great Notch. To schedule an appointment, contact his office at 973-256-0002.