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Preventing Falls in Seniors

Preventing Falls in Seniors

Happy SeniorsOne out of 3 people over the age of 65 are likely to fall each year!  That is a staggering number as there are many serious consequences of falling.  The most common is a fractured hip or leg which can lead to an extended hospital stay or time at a rehabilitation facility.  As you get older, your ability to heal is diminished and in some cases you may not recover enough to allow you to carry out your daily functions. There is a strong possibility that you will not be able to return to your own home if you live alone.

How the Palmer Foot Clinic can help

Many of our clients are seniors who attend our clinic regularly for care of the nails and callous, as they may have poor eyesight or they are simply unable to bend to reach their feet due to an arthritic condition.  This is a small part of the medical care that your Winnipeg podiatrist can provide for you.  Fall prevention is a new aspect of podiatric medical care because many falls are the result of muscles weakness, improper footwear and gait deficiencies.   This is exactly the issues that your podiatrist can treat.

Falls are the leading cause of injury related deaths in people over age 65!  If you are 65 or over and spend a lot of time in your home, studies show that your chance of falling is dramatically increased.  You would benefit from having a Fall Risk Assessment performed at the Palmer Foot Clinic.  You may be surprised at the outcome!  Based on the results we can customize a treatment plan to suit your individual needs.

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