Fall Prevention In The Aging Population


Fall Prevention In The Aging Population
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Falls are a  major causes of injury in elderly people.  Fall related hip fracture account for approximately 25 percent of injury deaths among those over age 65, and 34 percent of injury deaths among those aged 85 or older.  Most falls happen in or around your house and can be life threatening.  For example, Mary Smith was seen in my office for a footcare visit.  I asked her, "Mary have you fallen recently?"  She said, "Well in fact I was walking around my house and was only going a short distance and not using my walker and I fell and hurt my hand but thankfully nothing was broken."  I went on to inquire if she frequently lost her balance.  Mary stated she lost her balance quite frequently and had many times in the last few months where she almost fell.
Mary's situation is very common for many people in Worcester Massachusetts who have instability and risks of falling.  Falls are the leading cause of injury and even death in elderly.  Many times a fall can cause other problems that can lead to problems that can cause death over time.  There are many devices such as canes and walkers that can help the elderly live safer at home.  However, a new fall prevention device has been developed that can be worn in regular shoes that has been shown to decreased falls by 30-60% in the elderly.  It is typically covered by Medicare and Medicaid and is light weight.  If you would like to learn more about these braces visit this website www.fallpreventionbrace.com or if you would like to make an appointment to see a physician regarding obtaining these braces please contact Dr. Donald Pelto at Central Massachusetts Podiatry at 508-757-4003 or www.drpelto.com.  Dr. Pelto is a podiatrist working in Worcester, Massachusetts.