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How to Safely Use Walking Aids

Many people need walking aids, such as canes and walkers, as a result of an injury, medical procedure, or the aging process. Proper use of a cane or walker can be essential for maintaining your balance, enhancing the healing process, and preventing re-injury. Most walking devices are adjustable, and being fitted for the height of the device is important. According to experts, the handle of the cane or walker should hit the crease in the wrist with your arms at your side. Also, the wrists should not feel twisted when using the device. If you have to put your entire weight onto the walker to take a step, it may be necessary to add extra foam cushioning on the handles. When taking a step with these devices, the cane and the weaker foot should hit the ground at the same time. Holding the cane in the opposite hand works best to achieve this balance. For more information on the proper walking aid for you, please consult a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with the foot specialists from Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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