September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. If you have ever taken a tumble, the emotions are overwhelming. There is fear about another fall. You may also have concerns about potential injuries. This month, we are back to sharing the importance of changing your lifestyle and surroundings. These simple solutions can help you and your family stay safe and avoid the injuries that can come with these frightening events.
Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center is about sharing facts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one out of four older people falls annually. Do you know someone who has had this experience? Think about friends and family who are 65 and older.
When thinking about your lifestyle and environment, here are three ways to make a positive change:
Strengthen your bones
Did you know physical activity helps to reduce your risk? We recommend adding more exercise to your day to strengthen your bones and muscles. Enjoy the beautiful sunlight, take a walk, and strengthen your bones. We also suggest adding more calcium and vitamin D to your diet.
Update your home
Did you know that simple changes in your home can make a significant difference? If you have older loved ones, there is a greater need to make updates. From adding more lighting to removing slippery rugs, take action to fall-proof your home. Let’s make their home safe and welcoming for our older loved ones.
Know your risk
If you are 65 years and older, you are at an increased risk of falling. If you have fallen once, your risk of falling again has now doubled. We know how falling can cause patients to withdraw from their regular activities. We don’t want to see this outcome. We need to know the risk so we can make lifestyle changes to protect ourselves from injuries.
Are you concerned about the outcome of falls? Fractures are common. Serious head injuries can also occur. If you fall, always call the doctor. It doesn’t matter if you have experienced pain. We care about your health.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.