• Prevent Falling and Improve Balance With These Simple Steps

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Feb 2nd, 2018

An older Ohioan falls every two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day. The number of fatal falls among older Ohioans has increased more than 167% since 2000!! 

Some patients mistakenly believe that falls are a normal part of the aging process. It is true that our risk for falls increases as we age due mainly to body changes.But AWARENESS is key…


At Buckeye Foot Care, we can help with some of the prevention of falls. We will have you come in and do a full assessment of your gait and balance. We can help you by having you answer a full questionnaire regarding your balance. By combining our assessment and your history we can be able to determine what would be the next best steps.

An AFO (Ankle Foot Orthosis) is lightweight brace with plenty of comfortable padding and shock-absorbing material. The brace is custom-made for each patient and slips easily into most supportive shoes without purchasing a larger shoe. Comfortable Velcro tabs hold the brace snug against the calf so there are no bothersome laces.

The AFO can help reduce the risk of falling by up to 60% by:

 

In addition to helping where there are balance problems, the brace also benefits patients with ankle instability or weakness, with neuropathy and those who have arthritis in their feet or who have had a stroke.

 

Here are some simple things that you can do on your own:

Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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