3 Ways Podiatrists Promote Better Balance for All Ages


Strong balance is foundational, a starting point for better biomechanics, health, and strength. Insufficient balance, however, could increase your risk of injury, add to your recovery time when hurt, or limit your mobility and quality of life.

Fortunately, podiatrists aren’t just doctors – they’re balance experts! Here are three key ways that DPMs help individuals across all age groups find their footing, courtesy of Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center.

1–Safeguarding Seniors

Falls are a significant concern for older adults, often leading to severe injuries and decreased independence. Podiatrists play a crucial role in fall prevention by:

  • Identifying balance-related issues: Through gait analysis and assessments, podiatrists pinpoint hidden risks like foot weakness, joint limitations, or improper footwear.
  • Tailoring treatment plans: This may involve orthotics to improve foot alignment, strengthening exercises to boost muscle control, or balance training to enhance reaction time and stability.

2–Supporting Active Adults

Balancing on one leg or gracefully landing a jump shot requires stable footing. Podiatrists help athletes and active individuals by:

3–Guiding Children’s Development

Strong, healthy feet are vital for proper growth and development in children. Podiatrists ensure little ones get a step ahead by:

  • Detecting and treating structural foot issues: Early intervention for flat feet, in-toeing gait, or other concerns can prevent future complications and promote healthy foot development.
  • Recommending supportive footwear: Choosing age-appropriate shoes with proper fit and support is crucial for developing muscles and maintaining good balance as children learn to walk, run, and jump.
  • Providing guidance for activity participation: Podiatrists advise on appropriate activities and footwear based on each child’s individual needs and developmental stage.

When you’re struggling to stay steady on your feet, your first step should be getting in touch with us! To schedule an appointment, contact Greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center by clicking here to book your appointment.

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