Footwear advice for Falls Prevention

The average person spends 7 hours a day on their feet and mostly within shoes which don’t fit properly or are worn-out.  It’s important that the shoes we wear for most of the day are supportive and well fitting, whether we are out and about or at home.                                                                                                 

6 Signs to tell if you are wearing the wrong shoes are:   

  • soreness in feet or legs not felt in previous shoes
  • burning sensation on underside or tops of feet or near arches
  • aching feet after walking or exercise
  • blisters, corns, callouses or areas of redness
  • pins and needles or numbness when walking
  • black or lose toenails after walking or excercising                                                                        

4 Ways to tell if shoes are worn out:                                                                                                                  

  • shoes become roomy and feel loose or slip
  • the rubber outer sole or upper of shoe becomes hard and inflexible and shows wear marks
  • there are tears on inside of heel
  • when the midsole has horizontal wrinkles, which means cushioning and support has worn      

Socks Matter:

It’s not just the fit and wear of the shoe that matters, but socks as well. Ensure you check and replace your socks regularly.

They could also be the problem if you suffer from blisters, areas of friction, pressure, hot smelly feet or all of the above. Look for a fibre such as Bamboo which wicks sweat and bacteria away from your feet to keep them dry and blister free.  Padding in the heel and forefoot for improved cushioning and protection are also important and a band which is not too tight.

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