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Health Tip: Good Shoes Can Prevent Falls

Footwear safety for seniors

(HealthDay News) -- The shoes you wear can play a big part in how steady you are on your feet, which is a big concern for many seniors.

Here are guidelines for choosing safe shoes, and other ways to help reduce the risk of falls, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Make sure your shoes fit correctly. Always measure your feet before you buy new footwear.
  • Choose shoes that are comfortable and sturdy, avoiding those with very thick soles or high heels.
  • Look for shoes with soles that won't skid or slip.
  • Keep laces tied tightly all the times. If you have trouble tying laces, look for shoes with Velcro.
  • Always wear well-fitted, non-skid slippers at home. Throw away slippers that have become too stretched. Avoid walking barefoot or in your socks.
  • Don't let your toenails get too long.
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