Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Injuries sustained in a fall may range from cuts and bruises to life-threatening trauma. Even falls that do not lead to injury can have a negative effect on older adults. After a fall, older people often limit their activity because they are afraid they will fall again.

Prevent falls with these simple fall-prevention measures.

Talk openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks and prevention. Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling, or feel unsteady. Some medicines, or combination of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.

Exercise to improve your balance and strength. Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, lower your changes of falling. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your changes of falling.

Have your eyes and feet checked. Once a year, check with your eye doctor and update your eyeglasses, if needed. Poor vision can increase your chance of falling. Also have your primary care doctor check your feet once a year and discuss the types of necessary footwear.

Use assistive devices. Using a cane or walker will provide you with extra stability when walking. Do not use stairs without using the rails for support.

As people get older, the likelihood of falls and the severity of injury resulting from falls increases. If you or your loved one have experienced an injury from falling or want to learn more about how you can prevent falls, request an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist at Florida Orthopaedic Associates.