Many of us take unnecessary risks in doing ordinary tasks when these could have been easily avoided.

Here are 5 tips to avoid falling for young and old:

  • Wear the right footwear - as Seattleites we don't usually have to deal with snow and ice but if this past year is any measure of what the future holds, we'll have to be just as cautious as our Easterly neighbors. Choose boots that have skid proof bottoms. Avoid or limit high stiletto heels in any weather as they also increase risk of falls.

  • Go slowly on snow and ice - when we do get snow and ice on the ground we're more likely to fall than our cousins in Eastern Washington because we aren't used to navigating this kind of terrain. Go slow and walk carefully. Keep in mind, just because a surface doesn't look icy doesn't mean it isn't.

  • Avoid texting and walking at the same time - our city streets and sidewalks have plenty of walking hazards just waiting to trip us up regardless of the weather. Keep your eyes on the walkway or road in front of you to avoid small potholes or irregularities in the pavement.

  • Improve your strength and balance - building up your core strength is key to maintaining your balance. Yoga, pilates, and specific exercises such as plank can all help in building up your core muscles. (Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.)

  • Make your home safer - believe it or not your home is one of the most hazardous places when it comes to falls. This is particularly true for the elderly, but loose carpets, stray extension cords, papers and magazines or other objects on the floor can trip up anyone.

If you feel unsteady on your feet or you've fallen in the last year, it's time to come in and get a fall balance assessment and learn more about how your Seattle podiatrist can help you prevent falls.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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