The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that one in three people age 65 and older fall every year. The results can be severe from bone fractures to brain injury. Why do we fall more as we age? Hearing or eyesight problems can cause balance issues. Inactivity can affect muscle strength and flexibility. Some medications have instability-causing side effects. Lifestyle (inactivity, obesity) and medical conditions (arthritis, diabetes) affect mobility. The object is to stay active especially with weight-bearing exercise like walking, biking or climbing stairs all of which maintains balance and flexibility. Establish a habit of stretching exercises 2-3 times a day. The importance is to keep moving.
Beyond physical activity, use safety precautions like proper fitting low-heeled shoes with soles that have good traction. Talk to your medical team if you suspect an imbalance issue with yourself or a loved one. Pharmacists can discuss the side effects of your medications. Primary medical doctors can suggest hearing tests or eyesight evaluations. Your podiatrists here at Pueblo Ankle and Foot Care can determine imbalance issues and take appropriate measures to insure you have the corrective means to achieve good physical stability.
Knowledge is power, as they say. Be proactive and make sure you are not at risk of falling from imbalance issues.
Wendy Taggart – Insurance Verification/MA