In today’s program, Dr. Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the National observance of Falls Prevention and what it may mean to you. Falls in older people are a major public health problem, with one in three people, age 65 and older, falling each year. Falls most frequently result in minor injuries such as superficial cuts and abrasions, bruises, and sprains. However, up to 15% of falls result in more serious injury such as head trauma, fractures, dislocations, and lacerations... making falls the leading cause of hospitalization in older people. As you get older, physical changes, health conditions and, sometimes, the medications used to treat those conditions, make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Furthermore, in the US, falls are responsible for two-thirds of deaths from unintentional injury, making falls a larger contributor to mortality in older people… more than motor vehicle accidents.

Why are we more likely to falling as we age? Elderly people often experience a decline in balance and muscle strength in their feet and ankles as they age. This decline, along with visual compromise… increases the risk of falling. Recently, the emergence of significant research has prioritized foot and ankle health when it comes to fall prevention in the elderly. These research studies have reported a relationship between foot problems and an increased risk of falls in the elderly. Dr. Reminga discusses the types of foot and ankle injuries that can result from falling and provides some helpful insight regarding this very important topic. Listen to today’s program if you are elderly or if you know someone who could be at risk of falling.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.