Do you know if you have a high risk of falling? Unfortunately for some people, they don’t realize they’re a high risk until they have already experienced a fall. While some accidents are thankfully minor, others can send a person to the hospital due to their injuries. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the risk factors associated with falling. It can happen to anyone at any age, however, your risk increases as you grow older. According to medical professionals today, there are some easy ways to assess yourself or a loved one to be at higher risk of falling.
Diabetes - If someone has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is possible to develop nerve disorders, poor circulation, and numbness in their legs and feet. Because nerve disorders can change the way sensations are processed in the feet, this can make diabetics vulnerable to poor balance and misinterpret a step entirely, leading to a fall.
Arthritis - When someone has arthritis in their feet, especially variations of arthritis such as gout, their feet are particularly sensitive to any pressure or sensation that could cause pain. The inflammation and discomfort of arthritis can vary from day to day, making it hard to tell which days extra precaution to stabilize oneself would be necessary to avoid a fall.
Ankles - For those of us who have repeatedly sprained our ankles, it is well known the negative impact it has on our stability over time. With each new injury, it becomes more and more difficult to completely regain the mobility and stability of the joints and ligaments within our ankles. A weak ankle puts us at risk for falls because they’re more likely to give out when stepped on the wrong way.
With all of that said, it’s not impossible to help combat any conditions that may make us more likely to experience a fall. If you have diabetes, arthritis, weak ankles, or any other form of regular pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, a trip to your trusted podiatrist can offer you relief and security. Be sure to visit us online or call in at (212)697-3293 to schedule an appointment!