The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports alarming statistics about Americans’ golden years: falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older people. In 2010, for example, 2.3 million fall injuries sent older folks to emergency rooms, and a whopping 662,000 of those patients required hospitalization. The monetary impact is almost as frightening; falls in 2010 cost $30 billion in direct medical costs, the CDC says. “Falling is a risk for everyone, but the risk goes up as we age, and the result is that falls can be—and in fact usually are—very serious. Falls are one of the most common reasons why older people lose their independence,” said Earl R. Horowitz, DPM, President and Diplomate of the ABMSP. “The work that ABMSP podiatrists are doing in the field of fall prevention is quite remarkable,” he continued. “These podiatrists are at the leading edge of exciting treatments that will have real impact in improving quality of life and independence by preventing falls in the elderly.”
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.