Are your shoes safe?
As we age our risk of falls increases. When we do fall, we are:
Making us more likely to fall again.
There are many reasons falling occurs with ageing, it may be because of:
Falls are preventable. One of the many ways in which you can reduce your risk of falling is by changing the types of shoes you wear. Please take a few minutes to complete this checklist. It outlines characteristics of shoes that make them safer.
Do your shoes fit well? Yes No
(Shoes that are too tight or too loose can be dangerous)
Do you mostly wear flat shoes? Yes No
(High heels can be very dangerous)
Does the sole of your shoe bend at the ball of your Yes No
foot, not at the arch?
(This is better for walking on uneven surfaces)
Does the sole have a bit of bounce? Yes No
(This helps prevent jarring to your foot)
Does the sole have some grip? Yes No
Does the heel have a rounded edge? Yes No
(Sharp shoe edges can slip easily on wet or shiny surfaces)
If you circled No to any of these questions, you may be at increased risk of falling. Please take this checklist to your Podiatrist, family doctor or practice nurse so that you can discuss ways to reduce the risks.
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Ref: Adapted from Public Health Division © Health Department of WA 1999