Elderly Fall Dangers

Every year in America millions of elderly citizens suffer from falls. Studies conclude that annually 1 in 4 elderly Americans will suffer a fall, and only half of those will report the fall to their doctor. Of those falls 1 in 5 result in a major injury, usually a broken bone or a head injury.

When it comes to falling the elderly who do suffer a fall are more likely to change their activities for fear of suffering a fall again. When they are less active then they get less exercise, which leads to increased weakness in muscles, which in turn can lead to an increased risk of falling.

In order to help combat falls in our elderly population our podiatrists have been recommending the use of the Moore Balance Brace. The Moore Balance Brace is what’s known as an AFO, or ankle-foot orthosis. An AFO helps to control the motion of the foot and ankle in order to help correct inherent deformities or in this case, help to compensate for weak muscles. It provides a firm base and helps to stabilize the heel to provide maximum stability.

The Moore Balance Brace is the original balance brace and the only one clinically proven to reduce postural sway and increase postural stability. It’s outer shell is designed from Polypropylene making for a firm but lightweight device that helps provide stability for both the foot and the ankle. It is designed to be low profile and can accommodate most shoe types.

If you experience any of the following then you may benefit from the Moore Balance Brace; difficulty walking and/or maintaining balance, history of falls, chronic ankle Instability, arthritic ankle, Stroke Imbalance/foot drop , diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Do you or a loved one suffer from instability, or have you suffered falls in the past? Then you may want to ask your podiatrist about the Moore Balance Brace.

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