Balance is something that we often take for granted. If you have ever had a fall, you know that it can happen without warning and with serious consequences. Here are some statistics from the American Physical Therapy Association:
Balance is something that often declines with age. We become more sedentary and no longer challenge our body with physical activities. The good news is that balance can be regained and if
you follow a few simple tips, you can reduce your chance or the chance of a loved one from falling.
Here are some basic tips to decrease your risk of falling:
STRETCHING THE LEG AND FOOT
This month we have two exercises to help you stretch your calf and the arch/toes of the foot. Good calf flexibility can help your
ankle and foot work more efficiently, reduce impact, and decrease fatigue. A flexible arch and toes can reduce foot and heel pain. As always, see your doctor before you start this or any other exercise program.
PHYSICAL THERAPISTS ARE YOUR BALANCE EXPERTS!
If you have any questions about falling or balance issues, make sure you ask your physical therapist. It is their job to help people regain their balance and to help evaluate the home and identify potential risks.