September is dedicated to raising awareness about preventing falls, especially among Americans aged 65 and older. Every year, many people suffer from falls that could have been prevented. Falls can lead to injuries that can impact your quality of life. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, we want you to share this simple guide to keep you safe.

Here are some practical tips to help you stay on your feet:

  • Regular physical activity is key to maintaining balance and muscle strength. Walking, swimming, or yoga can help you stay fit and reduce the risk of a tumble.

  • Most falls happen at home. Make your homes safer by clearing clutter, securing mats/rugs, lighting up common spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways, and installing handrails in staircases.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about any medications that may increase your fall risk, and ask if any alternatives may be safer.

  • Low vision can affect your balance and coordination and increase fall risk. An annual eye check-up can play an essential role in reducing falls.

  • Wear shoes with non-slip soles and good arch support. Make sure your shoes fit well and have a firm grip on the ground.

  • Consider using a cane or walker for support if you have trouble walking.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause weakness and dizziness and increase your fall risk.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid rushing. Rushing can lead to accidents.

  • Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet. Using non-slip mats in wet areas can significantly reduce a fall.

  • Maintain social connections. Don’t isolate yourself. Stay connected with friends and family to boost your emotional well-being and safety.

  • If you’ve had a fall or struggle with balance, consult a healthcare professional or a podiatrist. They can recommend exercises and strategies tailored to your needs.

By following these simple tips and making fall prevention a part of your daily routine, you can enjoy life and move freely without worrying about the risk of falls. Stay ready, stay steady, and stay balanced.

At Bay Podiatry AssociatesDr. Argirios Mantzoukas, our board-certified podiatrist, treats a variety of conditions, such as diabetic woundsbunionshammertoesheel painnerve painplantar warts, dry skin, and calluses. We provide excellent service for patients in the Bath Beach, Kings County section of South Brooklyn. Contact our office at 718-266-1986. Our office is at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1C, Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

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