191804 Foot Impairment an Etiological Factor in Falls in the Aged

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:30 PM

Arthur E. Helfand, DPM , School of Podiatric Medicine, Temple University, Narberth, PA
Foot Problems are an Etiologic Factor in Falls in the Aged. There are relationships to the measurable outcomes of immobility, changes in body systems outcomes, quality of life changes, and health hazards. Falls will be defined and classified as to etiology and the environment. An assessment protocol will be presented as well as other environmental factors that place the individual at risk for a fall. Preventive considerations and strategies will be described in relation to foot problems and footwear.

Learning Objectives:
1.To identify issues and recognize the relationship of foot problems in older patients to potential falls. 2. To describe the outcomes of immobility. 3. To identify issues such as body systems, the quality of life, and hazards. 4. To discuss foot problems related to falls, assessment protocols and preventive strategies.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor Emeritus Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and Consultant, Institute on Aging, Temple University and Honorary Staff, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Temple University Hospitlal
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.