How to Take a Fall

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprains  

We have all seen stunt people in action movies. These professionals are highly trained in all high-risk activities and how to successfully pull them off without injuring themselves. Unfortunately, not all of us are trained in such a way. Due to this, we are more likely to find ourselves facing a situation where a serious injury can occur to our feet and our ankles. Although we aren’t stunt people like in movies and television, we can still learn ways to protect our bodies from every day hazards.

One such hazard that can happen to anyone is a fall. A fall can be detrimental to our overall health and can cause breaks, fractures, sprains and tears in the bones and muscles of our feet and ankles. With a little bit of knowledge, you can try to fall properly the next time you trip.

First, tuck and our chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. It is better to land on your arm than it is to land on your head. By doing so you can prevent a concussion, bleeding of the brain and other head trauma.

While falling, try to twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side than on your back. Severe back injuries can lead to permanent paralysis and make it so you won’t be able to walk again.

Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent while falling. Do not try to break your fall with your hands, elbows or with locked legs. When falling, the idea is to have as many square inches of your body contact the surface as possible. This will spread the shock and impact of the fall and lessen the likelihood of severe injury or trauma. If you lock your legs and ankles up they are more likely to take the brunt of the trauma and fracture because of it.

Have you hurt yourself in a fall? Didn’t fall correctly and hurt your feet and ankles? Please call podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you learn how to take a fall and also how to treat an injured foot or ankle from a fall. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.