Falling is dangerous and frightening. It’s also all too common. We asked the artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT for ideas on preventing falls for people with limb loss or limb difference.
Proper prosthetic fit: Ensure that your limb fits correctly to provide stability and support; regularly check for wear and tear in the prosthetic components
Strength and balance training: Engage in regular strength and balance exercises to improve stability; work with a physical therapist to develop a customized exercise routine
Footwear: Wear supportive, well-fitting shoes with nonslip soles to provide traction; avoid high heels and shoes with uneven soles
Home modifications: Remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs, clutter and electrical cords from walking areas; install handrails in key locations such as stairways and bathrooms
Other suggestions: Use a walker, cane or crutches when you need to; pay attention when you are walking; get your eyes checked regularly; manage your medications; stay active