Proper shoes means comfortable footwear that is safe to use while walking. It should not put the elder at risk for falling.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of death from fatal and non-fatal injuries.
Improving balance therefore is important in reducing the risk of a fall.
According to Dr. Matthew Garoufalis, a podiatrist and past president of the American Podiatric Medical Assosciation (APMA), “proper footwear can help improve balance, especially in older people who may struggle with mobility and balance issues.”
The APMA published an article titled ” Balance-Boosting Footwear Tips for Older People” and I find it helpful to share the article here. Click here to read the article.