Foot Therapy Program
for Fall Prevention
Is this you or someone you love or care for?
Shuffling your feet or feeling off balance when you walk?
Uncomfortable feelings in the feet like Burning? Hot? Cold? Prickling? Numbness?
Unsteadiness when walking, especially in the dark or on soft, uneven surfaces?
Experiencing repeated falls?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, there may be reduced blood flow to the feet from normal aging or nerve damage from foot neuropathy, and this problem can increase the chance of falling.
If you are looking for ways to reduce the risk of falling,
Dr. Kim Bell, DPT may be able to help with this Foot Therapy Program for Fall Prevention.
Dr. Bell's Foot Therapy Program for Fall Prevention
Foot Therapy Program for Fall Prevention
This program is designed for people with foot neuropathy – or peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease and reduced blood flow to the skin of the feet from normal aging.
If you are looking for guidance, tools and exercises to do at home as a complement to the treatment plan, Dr. Bell’s e-course is for you.
This multimedia e-course teaches a unique exercise program specifically designed to reduce feelings of unsteadiness, imbalance, “wobbly” walking or unstable gait by exercising the feet and ankles. You will also learn basics about foot health, causes of foot neuropathy, and normal aging of the feet to help you understand how to better take care of feet.
Our feet are the #1 most important sensory input that sends information to our brain to create our balance and stability while standing and walking.
Foot Therapy Program for
Normal aging of the skin and muscles of the feet can cause falls so Dr. Bell created this E-course to help overcome normal aging of the feet and potentially reverse foot neuropathy.
In Dr. Bell’s experience treating or consulting on thousands of cases of older adults with balance problems and falls, she has discovered that impaired foot sensation and weak ankle muscles are a major contributor to unsteadiness – often unidentified – and most treatments on the market today for foot neuropathy have uncomfortable side effects, limited usefulness or short-lived results.
Common risk factors that may cause foot neuropathy – or peripheral neuropathy – include diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco smoking and high blood pressure.
Specifically, a muscle weakness in the shin – or tibialis anterior muscle, can cause falls along with weakness in the ankle stabilizer muscles.
Benefits* from using this Foot Therapy program:
- More confidence and steadiness with balancing and walking
- Increased foot sensation and reduced foot numbness
- Less reliance on assistive devices such as a cane or walker
*Results of this program vary between individuals and are not guaranteed.
|Introduction and Program Overview
|Video: Foot Therapy Program to Reduce Fall Risk: Improve Foot Circulation
|Handout: The Impact Feet Have on Walking and Program Benefits
|Foot Care Fundamentals
|Handout: Foot Health and Care Education
|Handout: Photo-enhanced Instructions for Bean Box Exercise Program
|Bean Box Exercise Program
|Video: Making a Bean Box with Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT
|Video: Instructional Video For Bean Box Exercise Program
|Audio-file: Verbal Instructions for Bean Box Exercise Program
|Tools for Success
|Handout: Goal Setting
|Handout: Self Reflection Worksheet
|Handout: Personal Exercise Journal
|Quiz: Foot Therapy Program for Fall Prevention
|Quiz: Foot Therapy Program for Fall Prevention
About Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
Limitations, Contra-indications and Precautions:
> The results of this program vary between individuals and are not guaranteed. Be sure to seek medical advice from your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
> This program is contra-indicated or ABSOLUTELY NOT APPROPRIATE for people with wounds on their feet or ankles – including open wounds, open sores, skin tears, fissures and pressure sores.
> The exercises in this program require the hip to flex above 90 degrees, so they are not appropriate for people who have hip precautions after a hip replacement that restrict hip flexion to 90 degrees or less.
> This program will not cure “foot drop” or bring new movement to paralyzed legs or feet but may strengthen muscles that are weak as long as they are able to move on their own.
> Some patients with severe knee pain during rotational movements of the hips or ankles, pelvic pain from a pelvic fracture and scar tissue around the groin area from hernia surgery have reported discomfort from performing the exercises in this course.
> Patients with surgical wounds, cellulitis or weeping skin from edema are advised to be cleared by their physician before performing this foot therapy exercise program.
> Supplies for making a Bean Box at home are not included with the e-course and can be purchased at most local grocery stores, and home goods or office supply stores.