Are you at risk for a fall? Falling poses a serious threat to your health. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in seniors and the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in patients over 65 years. Many of these falls may be for reasons unknown to the patient. Firstly, it is important to identify the cause of imbalance.
Risk Factors for A Fall
- Diseases (history of stroke, Parkinson’s, Diabetes)
- Muscle weakness
- Gait and balance problems
- Slippery surfaces and tripping hazards
- Inappropriate use assistive devices, such as crutches, walkers, and canes
Many patients who have fallen once develop a fear of falling again. This makes it difficult to do daily activities, including making food and maintaining personal hygiene. No one should have to live with this fear. If you are at risk of falling, it is time to consider a Balance Brace. This ankle-foot orthosis, or ankle support, provides stability of both the foot and ankle, while stimulating skin receptors that provide feedback to the brain, helping to assist with balance. Each brace is custom molded to fit your feet. If you are over the age of 65, have previously fallen, have difficulty walking, or have any of the previously mentioned risk factors, it is important to be assessed yearly for your fall risk in order to prevent a possible life threatening situation.
Complications of A Fall
- Cuts and bruises
- Fractures that can lead to surgery
- Head trauma, including concussions and brain bleeds. Patient’s on blood thinners are at an increased risk of internal bleeding.
In conjunction with a balance brace, physical therapy will be necessary to increase balance and muscle strength, as well as learn safe ways to exercise on your own. We will also educated you on how to appropriately use assistive devices, to minimize your risk of falling. Lastly, we recommend that you follow up with your medical doctor to ensure that you are taking the proper prescription medications at the correct doses.
If you think you may benefit from a Balance Brace, come to Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today for a Fall Risk Assessment. We are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls and can be contacted at (845) 298-9074.
By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.