20 Jan, 2016
Author/blogger Reggie Simpson
I was recently in the United States for the holidays and ‘stumbled’ across an article entitled ‘Fear of Falling’, which highlighted that the medical costs of falling run more than 30 billion dollars a year. Famous fallers include former US president George H W Bush, aged 91, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, 68.
Closer to home, a number of our Betafeet Podiatry patients have reported a fall or falls and we have advised them about an excellent falls prevention and management service provided by the NHS in Hertfordshire (see website link at the end of this blog).
Regardless of age, we are all prone to falling or tripping unexpectedly, often causing severe foot, knee and back injuries and often other consequences such as sprained ankles, torn ligaments and abnormal movement of joints. Statistics says that one in three older adults fall each year with resulting consequences such as broken bones, trouble getting around and a host of other health problems.
The impact of falls
According to ageUK, about a third of all people aged over 65 fall each year, with higher rates among those over 75. Falls represent over half of hospital admissions for accidental injury, particularly hip fracture. Half of those with hip fracture never regain their former level of function and one in five die within three months. Of those older people who enter falls prevention programmes, most do so only after they have fallen, by which time they may have suffered serious consequences.
You can make small provisions to prevent falls and hence reduce the risk of associated injuries. Try the tips below:
Preventing falls is important to our health; the tips above are simple ways that you can prevent dangerous falls.
Local services in Hertfordshire
There is local support for Hertfordshire residents of any age to help manage oneself for falls. Please visit the following link for reference:
AgeUK also has some excellent advice on the subject for patients and practitioners alike: