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Preventing Elderly Falls With the Right Shoes

Choosing the right footwear can help prevent falls among the elderly. Proper shoes contribute significantly to stability and overall foot health. Shoes with non-slip soles provide better traction, reducing the risk of slipping on various surfaces. Additionally, supportive shoes with a firm heel counter and adequate arch support help maintain balance and prevent ankle injuries. For elderly individuals, shoes with adjustable straps or laces ensure a secure fit, minimizing the chances of tripping. Narrow and high-heeled shoes, as well as shoes without straps or laces, are associated with a greater risk of falling. When there are conditions that affect the feet, such as diabetes and arthritis, appropriate footwear is even more important. Better shoes can also help elderly people maintain independence and mobility. If you are trying to prevent yourself or someone else from falling, make an appointment with a podiatrist who can assess foot issues and offer suggestions for your next pair of shoes. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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