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Preventing Falls While Running

Running is a fantastic way to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but it is not without its risks. One common concern for runners, especially as they age, is the risk of falling. Falls can lead to painful injuries, making it essential to take precautions to stay upright and injury-free during your runs. To start, ensure that your running shoes fit properly and provide adequate support. Pay attention to the running surface by opting for well-maintained trails or sidewalks and being cautious on uneven or slippery terrain. Watch out for obstacles such as rocks, tree roots, or cracks in the pavement. Incorporate core strengthening exercises into your cross training routine to help with balance and stability, and to further reduce the risk of falls. Additionally, when running in low light conditions, wear reflective gear and use a headlamp or flashlight to improve visibility. Lastly, listen to your body to avoid overexertion or fatigue, which can lead to poor form and an increased risk of falling. If you have concerns about your foot health related to running, or need more guidance on fall prevention, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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