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7/5/11 8:19 P

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a few years ago I hurt my knee badly and had to go to Physical Therapy to get exercises to strengthen the knees so they wouldn't collapse. now if I don't do them regularly, I find I do trip more. I also had a sprained ankle 20 years ago or so on the same side, so dragging my foot could be an issue, I never thought of that.

If you're tripping more, ask your doctor to send you to a PT so that you can start building your strength. often as we age our muscles loose strength in the muscles that aid in balance and recovery. ask for exercises to enhance your balance and strengthen your muscles. don't wait til you have to use a cane or walker, you can start now and maybe avoid it.

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7/4/11 8:02 P

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That's pretty much what I do. I just went for a walk.....and I realize that I don't watch my feet.....I glance downward to see what's just ahead. As I said before....I think I shuffle a bit. So now I'm concentrating on picking up my feet a little more as I take each step. It requires constant vigilance, but if it saves me from any more falls......it will be SO worth it!!!

Thanks for all the advice and recommendations all. So much appreciated. BTW....I'm healing nicely. My knees are black and blue and skinned. My face is full of little scabs where I hit the cement. My pocketbook is MUCH lighter due to an unexpected purchase of new prescription eyeglasses, which were ruined in the fall. I think that hurts the most, since I live on a very 'structured' budget.

Oh well. I'm so grateful I didn't break any bones.....that's the most important thing.

Hope you all had a great July 4!

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7/4/11 6:44 P

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IF you have to look DOWN because of the cracks etc., perhaps you should look at getting glasses or having another eye check to see if the lenses need changing. That way you will be able to see what is in front of you without having tip your head to look down. Most people can tilt their eyes down a bit when then are walking and see ALMOST in front of their feet.

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7/4/11 1:58 P

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Libby, looking down to avoid other people's trash and old cracks in the pavement, etc. is a necessity of modern day living. This is different than looking straight down (over your belly if you're built like I am) at your feet. I don't live in a "historic district", just an old neighborhood in an old city - dirty, tree roots through pavement, etc.
Just being conscious of how you are walking should help.
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7/4/11 11:04 A

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Long35,
You are absolutely right. I am trying hard not to look at my feet. I definitely feel a little strain in my calves and legs just by lifting my toes a little. I really must have been shuffling.

I do have to look down a lot however, because there are lots of cracks in our sidewalks. This is the price I pay to live in a historic neighborhood.....lousy sidewalks!!!

Happy day.

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7/3/11 9:42 P

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Looking at your feet places your body in a forward, off balance condition. Instead of watching your feet, just be conscious of how you move your feet and where you put them down. If you spend some time studying how you do it, and consciously make corrections to your body mechanics (posture) and foot placement, it will probably eventually become automatic to do it right.

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7/3/11 6:56 P

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I trip alot since my knees do not bend like they used to, so I had to start looking at my feet alot, my therapist says not to do it but I rather do that the face meet sidewalk

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7/3/11 1:08 P

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emoticon ALL for all the wonderful support and suggestions.

I've come to the conclusion that I DO shuffle a little. Also, ever since I had a large blood clot in my right leg a few years ago.....the right side of my body has swelled up a little and is definitely heavier than my left side.....ergo; balance problems.

I've been paying particular attention to lifting my toes higher with every step....and I can feel that it's a safer way to walk. Problem is....I have to be CONSTANTLY aware of every step I take. That's hard....but hopefully, with practice, it will come nataurally,

Meanwhile my body is healing (altho' my nose is polka dotted with bruises.....) and I'm becoming a lazy bum.....with all this resting. But my body needs it just now.

Again...thanks to all of you for your concern and suggestions.
You're the best!!!!

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7/3/11 12:39 P

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I only fall once in a while, but I trip ALL the time. I can trip on lines in the floor. emoticon For me it's because of what's referred to as the characteristic MS shuffling gait. In other words, I don't pick my feet up far enough when I walk and so I'm going to trip on anything I encounter on the ground or on the floor. (At times it has been bad enough that I've tripped over the toe of my shoe because I wasn't picking my feet up much at all.) If I pay a LOT of attention to how I'm walking I can make myself pick my feet up a bit more, but then when I stop concentrating on how I'm walking, I'm shuffling again.

One of the posts suggested an exercise to work on picking your feet up more. I'm going to give it a try and I think that maybe you should try it, too. As we get older it get harder to pick ourselves up off the floor and we become more and more likely to actually break a bone when we fall. Hopefully you'll be able to find something that will help you with this before you do. Good luck. emoticon emoticon

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7/3/11 12:06 A

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Once every couple years.
Mostly while walking.

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7/2/11 10:02 P

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WOW Chris, that is a really thorough list. Thank you.

I have always had a problem with falls - when I was younger I could catch myself, now I find myself on the ground. Part of mine now is probably age and medication, but I also have a foot that droops - just slightly, but that's enough! I have a Recreation Hall adjoining my apartment. The floor is perfectly flat, but I trip because the toe of my shoe catches on the indoor/outdoor carpet. If one were to watch me walk, they probably wouldn't notice it - but I surely do.

Hope all this helps
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7/2/11 9:50 P

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I don't but in my former work, I worked with many people who DID. There are a lot of things that you can do to improve the situation.

* You an hold onto the top of the bench and walk sideways back and forth, learning to pick your feet up higher (often the cause of the fall). Doing this a few times a day will help you.

* Do your eyes need testing? It may be that you require glasses, OR a prescription change in the lenses. An Optician would be advisable (they also to check for conditions like Diabetes, Blood Pressure problems, Glaucoma, etc. and often detect these issues before a Dr does.)

* Ask your Dr for an assessment with an Occupational Therapist - this is part of their work.

* Take Tai Chi - excellent for balance, etc. and is very safe to do.

* Do you need a walking frame/assistance for outside?

* Check with your Dr re medication causing/aggravating this

* Check with your Dr to see if there is a possibility that you MAY be having little TIA's (mini-strokes)

* Do you have Blood Pressure problems?

* Ask your Dr to do some bloods to see if there is something contributing to the falls.

* Check your shoes. A lot of people don't wear shoes with soles/heels appropriate for their age/condition. Sometimes the shoes are a poor fit (too loose) and flop which can cause a fall.

Hopefully this has given you food for thought!

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7/2/11 8:53 P

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I'm wondering if you aren't picking up your feet. I have a problem with that and trip a lot and sometimes fall. A few years back I had a really bad fall in the back yard. Messed up my knee and shoulder and I was bruised very badly everywhere because of my prednisone. After that I went to my doctor and asked for a PT referral for some help with balance and falls. I don't think I have fallen since. You might want to consider it. One of these times you might break a bone.



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I fall. A lot. I don't know why exactly.....but these falls are usually outside, on the hard sidewalk. I'm very lucky I haven't broken anything yet....VERY lucky. (maybe my layers of fat have an upside afterall.. emoticon )

But seriously, I can't explain why I do this. Sometimes I trip over a crack or a bump in the cement'; sometimes I lose my balance. I've had more bruised body parts than is fair for any one human to endure.

I was out for a walk with Lucy yesterday....a pleasant day, no distractions....and all of a sudden I found my face and knees having a violent encounter with the sidewalk. So surprised!! Because of my bad knees, I can't get up off the ground easily. Luckily some passersby helped my up.
My face was skinned (like knees) and my lip was swollen up like a fighter after a bad fight.
Today, I'm healing, but the pain in my arm muscles from trying to brake the fall, is killing me; and my nose has red scrapes all over it (also over my eye and above my lip). Both my knees are bruised and black & blue.

I'm not usually clumsy......and I really worry that one day I'll break a hip or worse.....

Anyone else have this crazy problem?? My doctor (and everyone else) just says "BE CAREFUL".
I don't know what that means....of course I'm careful.
But still, I fall.

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