Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention
Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.
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Why do I keep losing my balance?
Several factors can contribute to a reduction in balance.
The most common is simply that balance tends to decline with age, especially among the elderly. While this is to an extent a natural and partially irreversible phenomenon, the truth is that people can retain a strong sense of balance and firm gait well into their senior years as long as they’re staying healthy and active and regularly perform balance training exercises. If foot pain is preventing you from being as active as you want, give us a call and let us help.
Injury can also lead to balance loss. Multiple ankle sprains, particularly those where proper time and correct medical attention are not administered, can result in chronic weakening of the ligaments that support the joint. You may feel wobbly on your feet or find the outside of your ankle frequently giving way.
Regardless of what’s causing your loss of balance, the good news is that you can find help. Set an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger for a thorough examination, diagnosis, and treatment of any conditions that may be contributing to your balance loss. You can request an appointment online, or give us a call at 760-568-0108 to schedule at our Palm Desert, CA office.
How can I reduce my risk of falling?
Falls represent a serious health risk for America’s aging population. Statistically, a third of all seniors will fall at least once this year, and the older you are, the worse your odds. Those falls can cause a lot of damage, too. Some are even fatal, and even those that aren’t (like a broken hip or leg) can permanently rob you of your independence and make it very difficult to stay active and healthy.
Simple steps to reduce your fall risk include:
- Stretch and exercise daily. We can help you develop a routine to help you improve your balance and agility and keep your feet, ankles, and legs strong and supported.
- Make sure your shoes are comfortable, stable, and supportive, with non-skid soles.
- Get your eyes checked. You may have lost some visual sharpness or even developed unknown “blind spots” in your visual field. Seeing clearly and accounting for any deficits makes navigation safer.
- Create a safe home environment. Remove obstacles that can make you trip, keep homes brightly lit, install handrails, grab bars, and non-slip mats where necessary. An occupational therapist can perform a home safety assessment and help you keep your living space as safe as possible for independent living.
If your feet and ankles aren’t as strong as they used to be, Dr. Harvey Danciger can help. Give our office a call at 760-568-0108 and find out what you can do to improve balance and reduce your fall risk as much as possible.