Pardon my pun, but we all trip, roll ankles (if we have any 😉 ), step on awkward objects, or slip on icy surfaces, which sometimes leads to falling! This especially can happen to lower extremity amputees because of balance differences! It’s never fun and can be awkward or even painful!
Now, let’s think about the act of falling! There is a good way and there is a bad way to fall. The bad way is to tense up and go down stiff as a board. As you know, it’s not easy to relax when you see future doom. The good way to fall is to remain flexible and bend at the joints if you can. Try to protect vulnerable body parts. It’s best to have multiple points of impact. For example, when a car is in a collision, there is typically less damage when more surface is affected. The best course of action is to use your arms as a bumper leaving your head and hips to suffer less impact. This is, of course, unless you have been specifically instructed some other technique by a health care provider.
What you should do after the fall? Again, there’s a right way and a wrong way to react once you’ve fallen. If anyone is nearby, they will probably move to help you back up. This is natural. However, if you’ve dislocated a joint, improper help can make things worse. And if your leg won’t support you, or if you’re dizzy, you could quickly be right back where you started from. My advice – take a deep breath, and wait a minute. If there is someone waiting to help you, ask them if they see anything out of the ordinary, such as a wound or bleeding.
If you’re still in one piece, probably the best way to get back up is to roll onto your stomach, bring your feet and knees up beneath your torso, and then rise with support from the person nearby. However, if you‘re alone, it’s probably better to crawl or skootch to a nearby steady surface to sit on. Work your way into the seat and perform a further self-assessment in the seat prior to standing.
Best advice – don’t fall! If you do fall, be careful and be patient!