Finding the correct measure of balance is critical when examining validated outcomes. This feature in "Podiatry Today" asks that very question. While many balance measurement technologies utilize force plate systems, the question remains; does the measurement of "sway" really detect balance impairments?
As literature and research overwhelmingly identifies, balance measures are only a small yet important factor in measuring fall risk. Many of these technologies do not measure other critical areas, such as gait, vision, cognition, home environment, perceived functional ability, depression, urinary incontinence, pain and more!
Make sure when choosing a "Fall Risk" technology or program, you are utilizing a valid, reliable and comprehensive system that assesses ALL areas of critical fall risk.