Hi everyone! After noticing how many of you have expressed concerns about falling, or thinking about it, I thought it would be a good time to discuss how to lower your risks of falling. There is a lot of information on the Internet about this, by the way. A great site is operated by the Cleveland Clinic.
* WALKING…When walking, be sure to lift your feet. So many people walk in a shuffling manner. This makes it far too easy to trip on wiring, rugs, or even your own footing. Instead, make a valid attempt to lift your entire foot from the surface with each step.
* SHOES...Wear good, comfortable shoes. How important are shoes? They can reduce pain, support your feet and body, plus lower your risks of falling. Plus, they make it easier to stand up straight while walking. A good pair of shoes helps keep your spinal column aligned. Wearing ill-fitting shoes makes it difficult to take proper steps when walking.
Some of the best-fitting shoes cost more, but the extra cost is worth it to your overall health. So…go for it. Plus, shoes which are classified as custom-fitted, orthopaedic shoes may be covered by your insurance carrier. Check to be certain. These shoes can be considered a medical deduction under tax laws, too.
* Turning Corners. Watch how you turn corners. Making sharp turns can result in loss of balance, a major factor in falling. Instead, give yourself plenty of room to walk around a corner. This also includes avoiding sharp pivoting movements where your body weight turns one way and your feet turn another way. That’s a simple and overwhelming….OUCH!!!!!! Make certain your feet and body turn in the same direction at the same time.
* Swing Arms. When walking, make certain you swing your arms in a comfortable manner. Arms provide a pendulum movement that keeps everything balanced.
* Stand tall. Have you thought about how you stand? If not, you need to. It can lower or increase your chances of falling. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart lowers your risks of falling. It properly balances your entire body.
* Keep at least one hand free while walking. Some people like to keep both hands free, the choice is yours. Walking with both hands in your pockets lowers your body balance by hindering your body’s posture. Check it out next time.
Put your hands in your pocket and walk a short distance as an experiment. Notice how your shoulders and upper body slouch, and your shoulder blades comes forward? This posture can also impair your breathing, since you are crowding your lungs.
*Tape down rugs..Tape down all flooring coverings including rugs, carpets, and anything else that may easily slip underneath your foot when walking. Use duct tape.
*Use nonstick backing on floor mats.
* Monitor your thoughts. Finally, your thought processes play a crucial role in lowering your risks of falling. Stop thinking about how you are certain or scared you’re going to fall. Stop focusing on it! It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Over and over, it amazes me how often I hear others express negative thoughts about falling.
You start thinking that way, and it will happen. Instead, concentrate on walking and being proud of having control over your body. It will take you far. When learning to walk again after any tkr, or other leg surgery, lower your risks of falling by having an object near you that you can hold onto…like a wall or person.
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