Did you know: falls are the number one reason older adults in Canada end up in the hospital. Aside from minor scrapes and bruises, a fall can make you fearful of falling again, and can also lead to serious injury, or even death. As you age, taking care of your feet could improve your chances of staying on your feet. This is especially important for people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, as they are more likely to develop issues such as foot ulcers that can lead to even more worrisome consequences. This means that visiting a podiatrist may be a visit worth making. In Canada, you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see a podiatrist. Podiatry services may be covered, at least in part, by some provincial health plans or by private insurance. Read more about foot health and its role in preventing falls in older adults in our resources below.