Why Worry About a Fall?
September marks Falls Prevention Month, and the doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are ringing the alarm about why you should pay attention. Falls are not only frightening but also dangerous. For older Americans, a stumble can lead to life-threatening injuries. Twenty-five percent of Americans over 65 will fall each year, according to the CDC. Even more, after one fall, the risk of it happening again increases. Here are common concerns:
Weak muscles or poor balance
Over time, our muscles may weaken. Our bones may not be as strong, and we may even have poor balance. All these descriptions are risks, especially for older Americans. Strengthen your body with exercise and a calcium-rich diet.
Broken bones and bruises
Do you know the injuries that may come along with a fall? For older Americans, the injury could impact future mobility. Fractures, bruises, and even concussions are the results. Never dismiss your injuries. Schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.
Signal for help
If a loved one falls, everyone should be concerned. Now is the time to make an appointment with the doctor to create a plan for prevention and care. More than anything, falling alone is extremely dangerous for older Americans. Some may not share about previous events that could have led to injuries. Ask questions and reassure your loved ones that you are on their side.
At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.