Seniors are most at risk for falls due to age-related physical limitations. However, anyone can become a fall victim, and the potential injuries can be incredibly severe.
The best way to ensure that you do not suffer a dangerous slip and fall accident is to choose the right footwear. There are some important characteristics to look for that help ensure the shoes you choose will at least not contribute to your fall.
Get a good fit
Sweating seniors explains that you should not guess at your shoe size. When getting new shoes, have an attendant measure your feet, including the width. Only buy shoes that fit snuggly and do not slip on your foot when you walk.
Avoid high heels
While many people prefer shoes with high heels, it is a dangerous choice. You should try to avoid any heel over one inch as they can put you off balance, reduce your ability to feel where you step or catch on carpeting or rugs.
Look for non-slip soles
Many shoes on the market have non-slip soles or soles with texture and construction that will not slip on any surface. If possible, always buy non-slip soles. You can find almost every style with this option so it should not limit your options.
Match to your activity
You should always choose shoes that work for whatever you are doing. For example, dress shoes are not a good choice when you are taking a run. Smooth soled shoes are not ideal in wet weather. Make sure the shoes you choose make sense for what you are doing.