Falls and Older Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
20. What kind of footwear should I wear to help prevent falls?
Sensible footwear can help prevent falls. Choose shoes that
- have low heels and non-slip soles
- fit well -- there should be no marks on your feet when you take off your shoes and socks
- completely surround the foot -- no backless shoes
- support your feet.
(See the image on the right -- "A Good Shoe" -- for more details on safe footwear.)
Avoid wearing only socks or floppy, backless slippers. Also, be sure to wear boots with good traction if you go outside in the snow.