Life already has enough things to fret over on a daily basis, and whether one should join a fall prevention program is likely not going to be near the top of a list of priorities. It’s a sensitive topic that many are reluctant to bring up, but this should not be the case. Falls rob the health and independence of many, many people each year, and the tolls are both physical and psychological.
There is no shame whatsoever in considering a fall prevention program. The goal of one is not to restrict your activity, but to help ensure life can be lived as fully as possible. A person at risk of falling is more likely to take control of that risk and maintain his or her mobility.
Whether a fall prevention program is necessary may depend on a full assessment of one’s fall risk. The various factors considered fall into two categories. There are intrinsic risks centered on the person, such as poor vision, gait problems, or a history of previous falls. Then there are extrinsic risks centered on outside factors, such as environmental hazards, home layout, and use of medications.
Perhaps one of the most significant factors to consider, however, is whether you have a fear of falling. Whether there have been injuries in the past or a gradually developed sense of unease, this type of fear can be paralyzing. Those who are afraid are more likely to avoid stepping out or exercising, which can lead to muscle weakness and balance over time. It is a downward spiral.
If you have concerns about your risks or fear of falling, please do not hesitate to make them known. Taking steps to prevent falls will build strength and confidence, and are much better than any alternative. Our experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona can assess your fall risk and help you organize the best plans to counter those dangers. You can contact our offices at (480) 963-9000 for Chandler or (480) 981-1800 for Gilbert.