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
  • Other

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.
  • Other

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.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

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Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm

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