Problems with balance and falls are one of the biggest issues for my older patients. One out of 3 adults over 65 falls each year and every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Because I've heard so many devastating stories about seniors who have fallen, assessing all my patients over 65 for potential fall risk has become an essential part of my podiatry practice.
With the advent of autumn and Seattle rain, it's important to increase awareness of your own risk or that of a loved one to prevent a potential tragedy.
Take the Quick Assessment for Fall Risk
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) adapted a fall risk checklist developed by the Greater Los Angeles VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center. The 12 questions on this list are a good screening tool. If you or a loved one had a score of 4 or greater, as your Seattle podiatrist I strongly recommend coming into my office for a more extensive balance assessment. My goal is to ensure you have all the tools you need to walk safely through the day.
What You'll Receive If You're At Risk for Falling
-A complete balance assessment (this look at 12 different parameters that can affect fall risk such as gait and balance, vision status, how your chronic health conditions affect you, how well you can sense the ground with your feet, your ankle strength, medications you are on, your get up and go, and others).
-Referral to a physical therapist if needed.
-Casting with a Moore Balance Brace if indicated.
-Information/Education/Referral on or to:
- Four action steps you can take to prevent falls
- How to make your home safer
- Seniors Services Home Repairs Program to install handrails and grab bars
- Locations in Seattle with exercise classes to improve your strength and balance
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.