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Tips to Prevent Falling with Age

As we age our likelihood of falling greatly increases. Many commonly prescribed medications and degeneration of our eyes and ears greatly contribute to instability later in life. How can you combat this issue?
The first thing to do is make sure you are wearing supportive shoes. Highly supportive, stability, shoes have posting within the inner sole that helps to control your gait and increase overall body stability. Some examples of good stability shoes are the Brooks BeastHoka ArahiNew Balance 860Mizuno Horizon, and Merrells.

In addition to supportive shoes, braces such as the Moore Balance Brace, or a simple ankle-foot orthosis (AFO), will aid in stability and prevent falls. These braces assist your muscles and joints in holding your body upright, so that you can remain active. Both of these braces can be comfortably worn under pants and inside of shoes.
Getting a good pair of shoes and supportive braces will help you to safely stay active and reduce your risk of falling. Be proactive and stop by your local running store to pick up a pair of stability shoes. Also, don’t forget to ask your doctor about different bracing that will help keep you moving this holiday season!

Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A, F.A.P.W.C.A.

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