Fall Risk Assessment Specialist

More than one-third of people age 65 and older fall each year, and your risk of falling increases with age. At Progressive Podiatry located in Ijamsville and Mount Airy, Maryland, podiatrist Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM, completes a fall risk assessment to determine your risk of falling and works with you to prevent fall-related injuries. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Fall Risk Assessment

What is a fall risk assessment?

Dr. Jurd-Sadler completes fall risk assessments in her office, to determine whether or not you’re at risk of injuries related to falls. She goes over your medical history, completes a physical examination, and asks you a series of questions to determine your fall risk level.

Am I at risk of falling?

There are several factors to consider when determining if you’re at risk of falling. Anybody can fall at any time, but some people have a higher fall risk than others. The following factors can increase your chance of falling:

  • Previous falls
  • Advanced age
  • Balance or gait problems
  • Muscle or bone weakness
  • Poor posture
  • Poor hearing or vision
  • Chronic health conditions
  • A fear of falling
  • Foot or ankle disorders
  • Taking certain medications

Chronic conditions that can increase your fall risk include stroke, incontinence, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and diabetes. External factors that might cause you to fall are:

  • Poor stair design in your home
  • Lack of handrails
  • Dim lighting
  • Lack of bathroom grab bars
  • Tripping hazards
  • Uneven or slippery surfaces
  • Improper use of assistive devices

After completing a fall risk assessment, Dr. Jurd-Sadler works with you to come up with appropriate treatments or strategies to help you avoid falls and injuries associated with them.

Which fall prevention strategies should I use?

If you’re an older adult or have a chronic disease that puts you at risk of falling, Dr. Jurd-Sadler may recommend the following lifestyle changes:

  • Increase physical activity, including strength exercises
  • Correct vision or hearing problems
  • Maintain healthy feet and get fitted for proper footwear
  • Get proper nutrition and take supplements if necessary
  • Correct bad posture and poor gait
  • Take certain medications
  • Improve safety features within your home
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Limit alcohol
  • Use mobility devices properly

If you have a chronic disease like diabetes or low blood pressure, properly managing the disease lowers your risk of falling. When getting up from a seated position, stand up slowly to avoid sudden drops in blood pressure and dizziness.

What should I do if I fall?

If you fall, stay as calm as possible and try to relax. If you aren’t hurt or have a minor injury, roll over onto your side and crawl or walk to a sturdy chair. If you are hurt, yell for help or call 911 if you’re alone. Always keep a phone nearby or an emergency response system on a necklace or bracelet in case of an emergency.

When you’re ready to assess your fall risk and take precautions to lower your risk of falling, call Progressive Podiatry or book an appointment online today.


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