As we age, our bodies never quite become what they used to be. For many people, a gradual loss of strength and stability can increase not only the chances of falling, but also the potential of serious injury from doing so. There are a number of ways to help prevent falls in those who have higher risks. Let’s take a closer look at one of them: orthotic balance bracing.
Bracing is often thought of as a treatment for people who have already suffered from debilitating accidents or conditions such as strokes. However, they also show positive results when used by people who are still significantly mobile but may be at a higher risk of falling. In some cases, a proactive approach can be best.
The customizable nature of orthotic balance bracing allows for supports to be created to a patient’s specific foot shape and needs. A typical model is lightweight and easy to fit within shoes and pant legs. Support is increased from the midfoot and heel all the way to the ankle. This provides the wearer added stability and confidence when they move about through the day.
Orthotic balance bracing and other preventative measures can make a huge difference in keeping accidents from happening and retaining the mobility of patients. To learn more about the customizable braces we use and other methods we recommend for decreasing fall risks, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. Our offices can be reached at (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert or (480) 963-9000 in Chandler.