“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
We’ve probably all seen the commercial for LifeCall. An elderly woman has fallen, no phone is nearby, and she can’t get up to call for help. Isn’t that everyone’s worst nightmare for their parents or grandparents?
People of any age can fall incidentally. But when patients tell me that walking feels as though they’re balancing on a fallen log, or that they can’t feel their feet, (due to neuropathy)... if they have to touch or hold on to the wall or furniture while walking, it’s time to put some preventative measures in place.
Falls and fall related injuries are the leading cause of accidental deaths in older people, and 3 in10 seniors fall each year! Nearly half of the seniors who fall reduce their activity after a fall. Now, who wants that to happen? If your loved one has been through a balance program before and is still falling, (or afraid of falling), there is more that can be done.
The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City now offers the Back In Balance Fall Prevention Program. Back In Balance is a comprehensive program where a prescription custom-made, ankle-foot orthotic is designed to fit easily into the patient’s shoes. It is a long-term solution that can be used in combination with a fall prevention strength training program such as physical and occupational therapy, environmental changes in the home and a review of current medications. The ankle-foot orthotic is covered by most insurance companies.
Our first patient in the Back In Balance program reports that he now walks without feeling like he will fall and appreciates how easy the device is to put on and take off. Visit our homepage at www.bergdpm.com to see photos of the ankle-foot orthotic and learn more about it.
Remember, serious falls can happen inside or out, on level or uneven ground, wet or dry sidewalk. Here in Seattle we have all of that and more on any given day, especially in the winter! If you or someone you love has fallen in the past or is at risk for falls, call our office for an evaluation to see if the ankle –foot orthotic can help prevent a fall.
Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Lake City Professional Center
2611 NE 125th, Ste 130
The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City is Conveniently Located in Northeast Seattle:
- 15 minutes from Downtown Seattle
- 10 minutes from Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst
- 5 minutes from the 130th Street Exit on I-5
- Bus routes 41 and 243 stop close to our office
- Parking is free