Can Exercising Your Feet Help You Stay on Them?

McMaster University
Description / Summary

Globally, falls are the second leading cause of death from unintentional injury. Older adults experience the greatest number of falls that result in death. What’s more, falls that aren’t fatal can lead to injury and disability, increasing the likelihood of long-term care and institutionalization. However, we can actively take ‘steps’ to reduce our risk of a potentially dangerous tumble. Exercise is one strategy that can help prevent falls, and especially those that lead to injury. Resistance training, activities that improve flexibility, and tai chi are a few beneficial exercise types. Maintaining the health of our feet through visits to a podiatrist is another method we can lean on for falls prevention. So, if exercise and foot care are beneficial strategies, should we add exercises that target our feet to our falls prevention toolbox?