Falls Prevention

As we get older, we are much more likely to suffer from foot conditions and complaints, such as bunions and stiffness in toe joints and ankles. These problems, along with the foot, knee or back pain all affect our balance and walking. Reduced sensation in our feet as we age and decreased muscle strength can often lead to falls.

Foot-related risk factors for falls:

  • Foot pain
  • Stiffness in toes and ankles
  • Foot and toe weakness and deformities such as bunions and claw toes
  • Toenail disorders
  • Unsuitable or loose-fitting footwear

At Sole Therapy we conduct a falls risk assessment

All patients are routinely asked about foot pain and foot problems in their initial falls risk assessment and assessed for:

  • Range of motion (hip, knee, ankle)
  • Foot strength
  • Walking and gait analysis
  • Vascular and neurological status
  • Leg length differences
  • Footwear.
  • Spinal abnormalities
  • Biomechanical problems
  • Ulcer and wounds
  • Foot and toe deformity
  • Balance and weight bearing
  • Foot and leg Pain defomity
  • Nail and general foot health

Based on this assessment, Sole Therapy provides a range of interventions including:

  • Orthotics care that can be fitted on site
  • Footwear advice, prescription and supply
  • Recommendations for home or group exercise to strengthen feet and legs
  • Assessment of general foot health, e.g. vascular sufficiency, neurological impairment and biomechanical problems.
  • Referral to our podiatry team for routine nail and skin care and self-management of foot health.
    • Nail care, e.g. toenail-cutting and removal of ingrown toenails
    • Removal of calluses and corns