Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
September 06, 2017
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September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Today Dr. Reminga talks about this important subject. 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.

Why are we more likely to falling as we age? Dr. Reminga talks in-depth about this, he says, “As we age people experience a decline in balance and muscle strength in their feet and ankles. This decline, along with visual compromise, increases the risk of falling.” He also explains Intrinsic Factors and Extrinsic Factors that can lead to falling in the elderly.

Research has lead to a connection between foot health and fall risk by showing that people with a history of multiple falls had a significantly higher “foot problem score” than those who had not fallen. Dr. Reminga talks about this “foot health score” and what it is specifically. There are also common foot conditions that contribute to falls such as, bunions, corns, calluses, warts, and any painful foot condition can increase the risk of tripping, slipping, or falling.

Listen to today’s program to find out more about Falls Prevention Month.

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.

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