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Non-slip Shoes Help Prevent Falls in Hospitals

Many people are injured and hospitalized each year after taking a fall. But a large number of falls actually occur in hospitals, too. For that reason, hospital workers can benefit from wearing slip-resistant footwear to prevent themselves from falling. The nature of hospital care is often urgent, and when people hurry they are more at risk for falls. Floors in hospitals are highly polished and can be slippery from recent applications of disinfectants and other liquid spills. Non-slip shoes for hospital workers should have soles made of rubber, experts say, because it is more durable and provides the extra grip needed in cases of wet floors. The sole should not be so thick that it becomes inflexible, however. Make sure the shoes fit well and leave room for the toes to move in freely. Shoes also should provide ample cushioning and arch support for long periods hospital workers spend on their feet. For further help in choosing a non-slip shoe that is best for you, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can meet your foot care needs.

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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