This is Fall Prevention Week. "When discussing fall prevention, everything from slippery floors, loose throw rugs, poor lighting, medication side-effects, wet spots, and pets have been cited as contributing to the growing tendency to fall as we age. Foot pain and foot problems, when mentioned, tend to be near the bottom of the list," said podiatric foot and ankle specialist Diane Branks, DPM, Vice President of the California Podiatric Medical Association.
|Dr. Diane Branks
"Since our feet are the foundation for our balance and mobility, it only makes sense that healthy feet would play a key role in helping to prevent falls," said Dr. Branks. In a randomized clinical trial of foot care as a way to prevent falls, Australian researchers found that the volunteers who received foot care experienced 36 percent fewer falls than those in the control group that did not.
Source: KLKN-TV [9/21/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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