Podiatry Interventions Shown to Significantly Reduce Falls
Foot pain has long been suspected of contributing to falls. An Austrailian study (2) recently documented successful interventions for community dwelling older adults with disabling foot pain. Over 300 men and women were divided into intervention and control groups. The intervention group received a multifaceted podiatry intervention including orthoses, advice on and a subsidy for footwear, an exercise program and education while the control group received only routine podiatry care for 12 months. The intervention group experienced 36% fewer falls than the control group and only one fracture versus seven, respectively. The interventions significantly improved strength, range of motion and balance. This study highlights the importance of proper podiatry care, especially for those with severe conditions.
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2. Effectiveness of a Mulitifaceted Podiatry Intervention to Prevent Falls in Community Dwelling Older People with Disabling Foot Pain: Randomised Controlled Trial.
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