Here are some balance-boosting footwear tips:
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among older people?
Three million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year. And more than 800,000 patients of all ages require fall-related hospitalizations annually. Preventing falls among older Americans is a top health priority, and improved balance can help reduce the risk of a fall. Proper footwear can help improve balance, especially in people who may struggle with mobility and balance issues.
When selecting a shoe to improve balance, put them to the 3-step test.
Step 1: Press on both sides of the heel area to ensure the heel is stiff and won’t collapse.
Step 2: Bend the shoe to check for total flexibility. The shoe should bend in the toe box area, but not bend under the arch area
Step 3: Try twisting the shoe. It should not twist in the middle very much.
Here are a few more tips to help you with shoe shopping:
When possible, have your feet professionally measured every time you shoe shop. Natural aging and health changes can cause the size of your feet to change.
Bring the type of socks you plan to wear with the shoes, and walk around the store in the socks and shoes before you buy. If you don’t feel comfortable or sturdy walking in them in the store, don’t buy the shoes.
Shoes should feel comfortable and supportive right away. If they don’t feel good right away, breaking them in won’t improve things.
If you have specific health challenges or foot issues, talk to us about the best footwear for your needs. Quality shoes are an investment that can literally save your life.