Am I a falls risk?

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for older Australians. One in four people over the age of 60 have a fall each year, with most common injuries being fractures to the hip and thigh; followed by injuries to the head. Falls cause more injury-related deaths in Australian than transport crash fatalities and falling once doubles your chance of falling again.

Signs that you are at an increased risk of falls include:

  • Fear of fall
  • Limited mobility
  • Difficulties in undertaking daily activities
  • Impaired walking
  • Impaired balance
  • Poor fitting footwear
  • Visual impairment
  • Reduce muscle strength
  • Poor reaction
  • Being on many medications
  • Home hazards: uneven flooring, throw rugs etc.

But not to worry- Here at Sole Therapy, we are committed to keeping our older patients active and moving safely!

During a 1 hour initial consultation, our podiatry experts will assess your posture, flexibility and walking patterns. From these results, a personalised treatment will be designed to help you achieve your goals! Treatment plans may include:

  • Sole Therapy customised orthotics that assist with pain, foot and core strength
  • Stretching exercises to help release tight muscles
  • Strengthening and balance exercises to help get you stronger and more confident barefoot
  • Advice on footwear fitting and styles to keep your feet stable and avoid falls
  • Foot mobilisation therapy and dry needling to fast track any pain points in the lower limb and increase joint mobility

Call us on 02 9583 1138 for an appointment today!

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