All of us at McKinney’s would like to officially welcome you into the New Year! We hope your celebration was fun, meaningful, and safe for everyone. If you’re like most fellow Texans, you might have set a New Year’s goal to eat a little healthier, take the stairs more often, or walk the family dog a few times extra daily. However, for some of us, our goals were a little more simple: prevent falls from happening.
Though injuries from falling occurs across all ages, statistics show us that falling is the leading cause of severe to fatal injury in people over 65 years of age. We’re not sure about others, but that certainly inspires us to do some research on fall prevention! The biological systems responsible for helping us prevent falls from happening include our bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and most importantly: our central nervous system! In order for the latter to respond to a hazard that might make us fall, our central nervous system needs to be able to process the sensory input telling us that these risks exist. However, if we are unaware of risks, there is little time for us to prepare and prevent a fall.
According to various studies, the primary causes of falls include footwear and foot pain. It seems like a no-brainer, but your choice of footwear has a lot to do with your level of protection against accidental slips and falls. It’s a combination of the support of a shoe to your foot and the ability of the shoe to provide traction in a variety of situations. In this case, if you feel you are at risk of falling more than before or think you may become at risk, talking to your doctor about orthotics and recommended footwear is a fantastic start. When considering foot pain, unaddressed discomfort in our feet can become dangerous. If you have an untreated heel spur or a painful bunion, certain movements can trigger pain reflexes that weaken your feet and ankles, making you prone to fall.
If reading this post makes you wonder if you’re more prone to falling because of foot pain or improper footwear, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We’re here for you at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.! Ask Dr. Scott McKinney at your next appointment what options are available for you. Send us a message or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to get penciled in at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.