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.