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Footwear and Fall Prevention

Falls can happen at any age, but as we get older, the risk of sustaining serious injuries from falls increases. While numerous factors contribute to falls, your choice of footwear plays a critical role in preventing these accidents. Wearing the right shoes can significantly reduce the risk of slipping and tripping, providing stability and support. Proper footwear should fit well, offering adequate support for your arches, heels, and ankles. Non-slip soles with good traction are vital, especially on slippery surfaces. Low, broad heels and a snug fit around the ankles enhance stability. It is beneficial to avoid shoes with high heels or worn-out soles, as they increase the likelihood of imbalance. Additionally, velcro or lace-up shoes can be more secure than slip-ons. Investing in quality, comfortable shoes is an investment in your safety. By prioritizing suitable footwear, you can reduce the risk of falls. If you would like the shoes you choose evaluated or additional information about what shoes can be worn that can help to minimize falling, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist.

Falls are a major cause of injury among the elderly. To learn more about preventing falls or to get treatment following a foot or ankle injury caused by a fall, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Falling is one of the leading causes of injury among the elderly. It is said that about 50% of falls that result in hospitalization occur in the home. Fortunately, there are steps that you can implement to reduce your risk of falling in the home. 

Tips to Prevent Falls at Home:

  • In the bathroom - Place non-slip mats in the shower or tub, install grab bars near the toilet and bath, and wipe up any moisture or spills as soon as possible. 

  • In the living rooms and bedroom - Remove loose wires, cords, or other objects that may be an obstacle to moving around safely. Make sure that you have good lighting throughout the home so that you can always see where you are going. Get rid of any rugs or mats that are not firmly anchored or that may cause you to trip. When walking around the home, move slowly. 

  • In the kitchen - Store food and supplies in easily accessible areas, store heavy items in lower cupboards, and wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping. 

  • On the stairs - Make sure that the stairs are well-lit and have secure handrails. Walk slowly when ascending or descending the stairs.  

  • Outside - Keep walkways well-lit and clear of snow, ice, leaves, and man-made tripping hazards.

Maintaining your overall health, including the health of your feet, can also help to prevent falls. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and wear well-fitted, comfortable, and supportive shoes. If you have a mobility device, such as a cane, use it while walking.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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