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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen 5 Ways to Prevent Falls for Senior Patients | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

5 Ways to Prevent Falls for Senior Patients

senior_woman_balance_therapy.jpgHere’s a startling statistic: every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall related injury. In fact, in people 65 and older, falls are the most common cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Fortunately, many falls can be prevented. In honor of Falls Prevention Day observed on September 22nd, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialistswould like to offer the following safety tips for walking outside:

1.     Feet first—foot pain is a frequent cause of falls. When a part of your foot is in pain, you tend to walk in an unnatural way to try to avoid the pain. This abnormal gait leads to trips and falls. If you have a toe, foot or ankle that is giving you a problem, make an appointment at our Aberdeen office for an appointment to see one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. MullinDr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of any podiatric conditions will reduce fall risk.

2.     Be vigilant—when walking outdoors be aware of potential tripping hazards in your path. A tree up ahead may mean slippery leaves on the ground or a sidewalk pushed up from root growth. Be aware of curbs and changes in pavement height.

3.     See clearly—first, be sure your eyeglass prescription is up to date. Low vision can greatly increase the risk of falling. Second, wear the right glasses for what you’re doing. Bifocals or progressive glasses may make affect depth perception and make going up and down stairs or walking on uneven surfaces hazardous. Also, on sunny days use sun glasses to eliminate blinding glare.

4.     Shoe sense—when walking outside you should wear shoes with low heels, good ankle and arch support and a non-skid tread on the sole.

5.     Street smarts—if you are walking in an urban setting, only cross streets in cross walks. Take advantage of curb cuts and ramps when available and never hurry—falls are more likely to occur when you are rushing.

If you have additional questions about senior foot care, contact us at: 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing 5 Ways to Prevent Falls for Senior Patients, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen