Prevent Falls and Walk Like a Star
By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
March 11, 2014
Category: Foot Health Care
Tags: custom orthotics   seniors   falls   prevent  

SeniorsYou don’t have to be young to be a red carpet star--the Oscars prove this every year. At the 2014 ceremony, actors Judi Dench, Bruce Dern, and June Squibb brought their grace and wisdom to the awards and red carpet walk. Other well-known Oscar stars, like Meryl Streep, are aging gracefully as well. Though it may be hard to be an older actor in Hollywood, these celebrities prove that aging doesn’t have to define your success. One thing will change as you get older, however, no matter who you are: you have to take greater care of your body to prevent falls and other injuries.

As you get older, you become more likely to fall and break a bone. These fall-related injuries can be extremely limiting and even debilitating, so it’s better for your body and independence to try to prevent them from happening at all. In the last few years, articles from Harvard University have revealed various studies that connect increased falling risks with foot pain. As our lower limbs age, they become less able to support our whole bodies, especially if they are uncomfortable.

The good news, however, is that foot pain, stability, and strength can be addressed through treatment. Conservative remedies like custom orthotics are particularly helpful for aging feet. These special support pieces are designed to fit your unique feet and accommodate any needs to you may have. They can provide much-needed cushioning as well as stability, so the pressure on your lower limbs is reduced and you’re less likely to have trouble walking. That adds up to greater protection against potentially serious falls.

If you are getting older, and especially if your feet are already uncomfortable, investing in orthotics may be an important step in staying healthy. You don’t have to be a movie star to deserve comfortable feet. Contact NorthPointe Foot & Ankle here in Berkley, MI, for an appointment or more information to take care of your lower limbs. Call (248) 545-0100, or fill out the online contact page to reach us.

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