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.