Unsteady On Your Feet?

Unsteady On Your Feet?


As most of you probably are not aware of, September is Fall Risk Awareness month. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall which is a staggering number. Falls are also one of the leading causes of death among older individuals.  As you know, falls are very costly both in terms of lifestyle changes and monetarily for insurance companies. In 2012, the total cost of fall injuries exceeded $36 billion dollars and may reach nearly $60 billion dollars by 2020. What is important to realize for both you and your loved ones is that many falls can be prevented. Many times falls occur secondary to a poor base of support and poor stability. Physical therapy for both improving balance and lower extremity support can help prevent falls. As podiatrists, we play a crucial role in preventing falls. We can conduct a fall risk assessment and determine your risk stratification for falling. Depending on the results, we can recommend physical therapy as well as different braces to help increase stability on your feet and try to prevent falls.

If you or any of your friends, family, or parents have fallen or have issues with balance, we can help. Contact your local board certified Doylestown, PA podiatrists for a consultation today!

Dr. Lonnie Kaplan

About Dr. Lonnie Kaplan

Dr. Lonnie Kaplan is a board certified podiatrist who enjoys writing about topics that interest both he and his patients. He has been asked to speak at multiple events both in Bucks and Montgomery counties on foot and ankle topics and enjoys volunteering his time at local community events including races and foot screenings. His hope is that by writing articles and lecturing for the community, it will allow people in the community to better understand their foot health and know when to seek professional medical attention. He likes to comment on foot and ankle topics that are trending in the media and is always open to suggestions on topics to write about.

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