Falls Risk Prevention

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Falls generally result from a combination of risk factors including chronic health problems, age, and environmental hazards. The risk of falling increases as a person ages and with the number of risk factors present. 

Common risk factors for falls:

  • Fear of falling
  • Limitations in mobility ad undertaking the activities of daily living
  • Impaired walking patterns (gait)
  • Impaired balance
  • Visual impairment
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Poor reaction times
  • Use of multiple medications

Chronic health problems that cause falls:

  • Heart problems and/or diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bad knees or back
  • Foot problems
  • Mental issues
  • Lung problems
  • Mobility problems

Environmental risk factors:

  • Dull lighting
  • Clutter on the floor
  • Lack of handrails and support at home
  • Stairs
  • Ill fitting footwear 

At Pivot Podiatry, our Podiatrists will carry out a falls risk assessment involving the assessment of muscle strength, joint range of motion and mobility, balance, and neurological status. A personalized exercise regime will be established, incorporating strength, stretch and balance exercises.

Exercise Benefits:

  • Gives you more energy
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps you relax
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Helps to control weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes
  • Helps to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis 

Our team have put together an exercise program to help reduce the risk of falls. You can download the program and