Building resilience for well being and longevity
The need for preventative medicine in the health of the community, and epidemiologically, in relation to specific cohorts is agreed as a desirable outcome across a wide range of medical professionals and is backed by Department of Health guidelines.
Good foot and lower limb health plays a role in these aims. Starting with the basic requirement to be mobile and active, there are many benefits:
So, any impairment due to foot and lower limb health issues may have wide reaching effects on an individual's or a wider cohort's health status in the short, medium and long term.
Also, systemic disease, other health issues and life events can have wide spread effects on many systems within the body affecting the foot and lower limb health directly or indirectly:
There is a cohort of cases in the community that may benefit from assessment with a focus on falls prevention.
Often, this is a multifactorial issue and when the elements are combined there may be an increase in the risk of falling and the consequences; which can be expensive for the NHS, the family and most of all the vulnerable patient.
After assessment, the factors that are putting the patient at risk can be flagged to their family / carers and medical team.
The programme of assessment, information, advice, physical therapy and minor modifications to their way of living may help reduce the number of falls in the short, medium or long term.