A: Everyone may trip or fall from time to time but, if you’re older, a trip or fall could be deadly. Approximately 20,000 older men and women die per year due to complications from a fall. If you’re not sure whether you have balance problems, ask yourself:
-If you’ve fallen in the past?
-Do you frequently slip, trip, or almost fall?
-Do you stumble a lot?
-Do your feet shuffle when you walk?
-Do you ever use the wall or furniture for support when walking?
-Do your legs or ankles feel wobbly or unsteady?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have a balance problem. As part of your evaluation at PRINE Podiatry, our doctors give you a Fall Assessment test. If you score higher than 10, you have a balance problem.