Accidental falls are one of the most damaging medical problems facing older adults today. The numbers are truly staggering.
For many seniors, that one bad fall could be the start of a significant and permanent reduction in your quality of life, mobility, and independence.
And even minor falls can leave psychological scars. The fear of falling again may keep you from exercising and doing what you love—which in turn leaves you weaker, less mobile, and less healthy overall.
But severe falls are also very often preventable. And your foot specialist is an important member of your medical team who can help reduce your risk.
Most falls are the result of a combination of risk factors—medical and environmental. Foot and ankle issues are a frequent contributor to this dangerous mix of underlying causes.
There are many ways we can help.
Foot pain of all kinds—heel pain, ankle pain, arch pain, etc.—can increase your risk of falling, both directly and indirectly.
As foot and ankle care experts, the Trinity Foot Center team is uniquely qualified to address these nagging foot problems. We offer effective conservative care options like physical therapy exercises and custom orthotics, and also provide surgical treatment when necessary.
A significant percentage of seniors are living with diabetes, or are at high risk of developing it. Diabetes and related metabolic conditions can significantly damage your feet and reduce your sense of balance and stability.
Peripheral neuropathy in the feet is a very common diabetic foot complication and can cause you to lose all sensation in your feet. This puts you at much higher risk of accidental trips, falls, and ulcerations on your feet. Unfortunately, long-term nerve damage is usually not reversible, so it’s extremely important to take care of yourself now and seek help before symptoms become severe.
We provide a wide variety of treatments and preventative care options for our patients with diabetic foot problems. This includes prescribing diabetic shoes to protect your feet, medications that can alleviate nerve pain, and in-office wound care for most foot ulcers.
If you’ve already fallen—or fear that you might in the near future—we are happy to perform a fall risk assessment.
Essentially, we’ll take a close look at how the most common falling risk factors associated with foot and ankle biomechanics are affecting you—your walking gait, your foot structure, the shoes that you wear, any symptoms you might be experiencing, etc.
Follow these suggestions to help reduce your risk of falling—and preserve your mobility and independence as long as possible.
If you are currently experiencing foot pain, haven’t had a diabetic foot checkup in the last year, or have any other associated foot and ankle-related risk factors for falling, please call Trinity Foot Center in DeSoto, TX today to schedule your appointment. We will do everything we can to keep you on your feet! Dial (972) 293-9650.