Trip, slip, fall. Unfortunately, this sequence of events is all too common in podiatry patients. Falls are often a result of age-related factors, poor gait, or just by wearing the wrong shoes. Luckily, most falls can be prevented by simply changing your footwear. The purpose of the shoe is to protect the foot and give you the power to walk easily. But throughout the years, the fashion has become a major influence on shoes, leaving some and often the most popular lacking stability.
Here’s what you need to know in finding shoes that will prevent falling:
What to look for
- Appropriate Fit: Have your feet measured and fitted to the exact size that you need. These should be worn inside and outsid, as walking barefoot or in socks increases the risk of falling.
- Heel Size: A low heel or no heel is the best option! When wearing high-heeled shoes, posture, balance, and gait are affected, leaving you at a greater risk of falling.
- Sole Mate: Find a pair of shoes that have a thin, hard sole. We advise this because a thick sole can shift balance control, and cause falling. Footwear with a treaded sole will also prevent falling on slippery surfaces.
What to avoid
If you are prone to falling or losing your balance easily, then avoid the following to stay upright!
- Wearing only socks
- Walking barefoot
- Flip flops
- Backless shoes
- High-heeled shoes
Take Care of Your Feet
Having strong and healthy feet is a key way to prevent falling and losing your balance. If you feel like your footwear is causing foot pain or problems, a trained podiatrist can offer advice on what shoes to wear. Not only will proper footwear treat discomfort, but also maintain good circulation in your feet and ankles. And not to mention, prevent falling down!
If you find yourself on the ground more than on your feet, then you might be wearing the wrong shoes. If you need help finding the right footwear, contact me today to schedule an appointment!