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Preventing falls with proper foot care

Dealing with foot pain and conditions

Managing and eliminating foot and ankle pain not only reduces the risk of falls, but helps improve your overall quality of life. There are many options available that can help treat foot pain, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and exercise.

If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, especially if you’re over the age of 65, consult a podiatrist to begin a treatment regimen and to prevent further damage. Foot pain isn’t a condition you should ignore and have to live with. You may have a fracture, undiagnosed osteoporosis, or another major health condition.

Exercising regularly

After your foot and ankle pain is under control, your podiatrist may recommend that you start exercising regularly to build foot strength. Balance and weakness tend to be leading causes of falls, but when standing is painful, exercise can seem impossible. Start doing simple balancing exercises such as yoga to help prevent falls.

Your podiatrist may also recommend specific foot exercises that can help strengthen the muscles and bones in your feet. These exercises can help reduce pain and increase flexibility, both of which can help prevent falls. When your feet are strong, you’re far less likely to suffer from a fall.

Are your foot and ankle problems causing you to fall regularly? The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can determine the source of your problem, and recommend treatments that can get you back on your feet. Contact us today to request an appointment and lower your risk for falls.