BALANCE PROBLEMS

FALL PREVENTION

Nearly 30% of people over the age of 65 will suffer from falll each year. Unfortunately, fall related injuries increase with age and have serious medial consequences as well as a burden on our medical care system.

There are a number of risk factors including foot and ankle conditions that have been identifieid with falling. These include ankle instability, ankle alalignments, muscle weakness, tendon contractures, and adult acquired flaffoot. Furthrmore, people with sensory nerve deficits often have numbness that affect the feet and ankle, called peripheral nerupathy, puting these individial at risk for falls. Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease often have increased fall risk.

Some individials with a history of falls often will start to limith their activities and withdraw socially which can place stress on the entire family.

Fall frequency and risk of falls can be reduced through balance assessment and a focused podiatric treament program geared for at risk patients. There are a varienty of treatments that have been shown to be beneficial, which include: exercise, shoe gear changes, orthotic devices and balance braces.