Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes

Sturdy footwear helps prevent falls

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(HealthDay News) -- Shoes that provides a sturdy base can improve balance, especially among seniors prone to falling.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends:

  • Checking for support on both sides of the heel, flexibility in the toes and stability in the middle.
  • Having the store measure your feet every time you shop, in case there have been changes.
  • Packing a pair of socks that you'll wear to try on shoes.
  • Not buying shoes that aren't comfortable when you try them on. Don't assume that breaking in shoes will help.
  • Talking to your podiatrist about the best shoes for your needs.

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