Why Appropriate Footwear is a Critical Consideration in Retirement Communities?
Falls are the most common cause of injury among older Canadians and the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations, and these are on the rise. It is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors aged 65 years and older are likely to fall at least once. Falls can lead to negative mental health outcomes such as fear of falling, loss of autonomy and greater isolation, confusion, immobilization, and depression.
Poor balance, taking four or more prescription medicines and muscle weakness are the three primary risk factors for falling. Elderly people without these risk factors have a 12% chance of falling, while those with all three have almost a 100% chance.
When evaluating fall prevention strategies, finding seniors affordable, comfortable, therapeutic, and orthopedic footwear is not always a consideration, yet it definitely should be.
Five things to consider when looking for geriatric footwear:
When shoes are not comfortable, patients don’t wear them, so this is an extremely important factor. Shoes protect feet from trauma and can help keep elderly people stay active, which prevents muscle atrophy or deterioration. Overall, it can decrease the risk of falls.
2- Weight factor and easy to put on and take off:
A lightweight shoe will allow the patient to walk longer and farther, whereas a heavy shoe will tire them much sooner. As well, Velcro closures with adjustable straps are preferred to make it easier for them to don and doff the shoes.
3- Delayed heel strike and toe spring: The shoes’ sole design is crucial to minimize the risk of stumbling and tripping. The heel strike should not occur prematurely, and the toe spring should not grip surfaces like carpet.
4- Accommodation in toe box:
A deep toe box with a stretchy and moldable material will provide relief from bunions, overlapping toes, hammertoes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hallux valgus.
Contact us for the catalogs or book an appointment to be assessed for proper footwear. We have different styles of orthopedic shoes at Orangeville Foot Clinic! They are in different models, styles and sizes (even up to size 15 and 4E width) and available for any age, including elderlies!