Drop foot, diabetic neuropathy, MS, severe arthritis, and stroke are a few of the many reasons why a person may be at a greater risk for falls. Walkers and canes do not always offer enough support to prevent falls. We can help provide you with the support and stability you need to stay on your feet!
At Lexington Podiatry we sit down and really try to get to the bottom of why you are having balance issues. We also perform a very simple test to look at how the nerves are functioning. This test is performed in under 5 minutes. We realize your confidence is dwindling even trying to do the most simple tasks like going to the grocery store.
We will fit you with "balance braces". These lightweight ankle braces will easily go into most shoes and give you back the confidence you deserve. Consider them like a bra, when you need the extra support, you wear them. If you're lounging around the house, no need. However, when you do where them you'll be able to participate in the activities you want to do, instead of being on the sidelines.
Next, we evaluate your range of motion. A huge contributing factor to falling is reduced joint range of motion. A significant portion of improving your range of motion can be accomplished at home with the proper tools. We will give you everything you need to improve your range of motion. It's amazing what you can accomplish at home with minimal effort.
Please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Freels, this is one of her specialties. Her goal is to prevent you from needing a cane, a walker and even a wheelchair. We have been known to improve the quality of like in patients who no longer need any assistive devices.
If necessary, we will refer you to physical therapy where you will undergo gait and balance training. Keeping your leg and core muscles strong is key in preventing falls.
There are a few things you can do to prevent the risk of falling, including:
- Wearing supportive shoes in the home
- Reducing obstacles in the home
- Exercises to improve strength and range of motion
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