The summer is finally coming to an end. Soon the cool weather will be here as Fall officially starts on September 22nd. That’s also the date we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Foot-related health issues may increase the risk of falls. Follow these tips to maximize your chances of preventing a bad fall this September.
MOST COMMON FOOT INJURIES FROM A FALL
Unfortunately, people do fall and many suffer various injuries. Some of the most common foot and ankle injuries are the following:
- Broken bones
HOW TO PREVENT FALLS
Maintaining foot health and wearing the proper footwear is vital for keeping your balance and avoiding unnecessary falls that may result in serious injury. Here are some tips to do just that:
- Wear the right shoes for the right activity. For example, high heels would be inappropriate for long walks.
- Wear boots or hiking shoes if going on uneven or rough terrain.
- Make sure your shoes aren’t too narrow. Wiggle your toes to make sure there’s enough room.
- Always wear hard-top shoes around heavy equipment.
- Never walk barefoot in the woods or on sidewalks.
- If you get up at night make sure you turn in a light. Many falls occur when people are sleepy and trying to get to the bathroom in the dark in the middle of the night.
- Be careful around slippery floors.
Of course, if you are suffering any issues with your feet, it’s best to contact an experienced foot specialist.
Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.