Finding a good pair of shoes is priceless. During my teen years I was one of those sneaker fanatics. I admit to spending hours at the local shoe store combing through aisles and aisles of footwear in search of the perfect sneaker.
Perhaps I was hoping to jump as high, run as fast, and play ball like my favorite athletes. Looking back, the closest I got to the pros were the upper deck seats.
But I wasn’t so far off, good shoes make a huge difference. For instance, older adults who wear a good pair of shoes will help minimize their risk of falling. Allow me to guide you through some of the key features to look for in a safe shoe:
Is it easy to keep on?
If you have had a history of foot problems consult your doctor prior to purchasing a new pair of shoes.
It’s amazing how your choice of footwear can help prevent tripping and slipping while allowing you to stay active. Doesn’t that sound like a win win situation?
Posted in: Caregiving, Health Care Tips, Healthy in NYC, Home Safety, Senior Citizens, Staying Active Tags: caregiver, caregiving, elderly, Falls, prevention, safety, self-management, seniors, shoes, tips
Such helpful information–if you’re not wearing the right shoes, it’s really hard to focus on other things!— CSC / August 4th, 2011 at 10:48 am
This article is very informative. I am fully agree with this, most foot injuries are caused by uncomfortable footwear and not good footwear fitting. So comfortable shoes are very important for everybody.— Comfortable Shoes / August 5th, 2011 at 12:37 am
Thanks for your comment! I agree with you and if I could rephrase your statement- “wearing the right shoes allows us to focus on all the other things”— Jeffrey Jue, PT / August 7th, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Thank you for commenting. Unfortunately choosing a shoe with comfort in mind is often overlooked which can lead to injury and inactivity.— Jeffrey Jue, PT / August 7th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
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