Health Tip: Boost Balance With the Right Shoes

Measure your feet whenever you shop

(HealthDay News) -- Balance can be a big problem for seniors. If you're not steady on your feet, you're at greater risk of falling.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these guidelines for shoe shopping:

  • Look for a stiff heel, flexible sole and firmness so the shoe doesn't twist in the middle.
  • Have a professional measure your feet at each shopping trip. Shop later in the day when feet are largest, and shop for the size of the largest foot.
  • Try on shoes with the type of socks you'll be wearing with them.
  • Make sure shoes feel sturdy and comfortable right away. Don't plan on a "break-in" period.
  • Talk to your podiatrist about any special foot health concerns, including the use of orthotics.
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