Fancy Footwear: Tips For Seniors Looking to Find the Right Shoes
As we grow older, it starts to get more and more difficult to stay on our feet all day long. Seniors are notoriously prone to issues with their feet—and while there is nothing you can do to prevent aging and nothing that seniors can do to stop themselves from getting older and having issues with their feet, wearing the right footwear can really help any senior stay comfortable on their feet all day long.
The right pair of shoes cannot only help with foot pain and discomfort, but ankle swelling and even back pain and discomfort. The right pair of shoes can also help prevent falls. Seniors just need to make sure that they are buying the right shoes to fit their needs. Unfortunately, that isn’t always as easy as it seems.
As people age, it is common for them to start losing the feeling of their feet. This can result in anyone starting to feel less balanced when they walk—which can easily lead to falls. Sensible shoes can help counter-balance this, by offering support and stability. This means shoes that are comfortable, have plenty of support and have a lot of traction on them to prevent falls if seniors do lose their balance.
It is also important for any senior looking for a new pair of shoes to make sure they get their feet measured before buying a new pair of shoes. A majority of seniors who are shoe shopping won’t do this—and just assume that they always have the same size shoe no matter what. However, shoes that are too small can cause pain and discomfort in the feet, while those that are too big can cause trip and fall accidents. It is important to pay attention to not only the length but the width as well. For example, if seniors have growths or bunions on the side of the feet, it is important that their shoes are wide enough to accommodate this without causing any extra pain or discomfort.
It is also important to make sure that any senior can easily get their shoes on and off. If the shoes have difficult straps or ties, making them difficult to get on and off—it can cause some serious issues. Make sure that the shoes either have Velcro straps, can slide off and on, or that seniors are able to tie their own shoes—which is a skill that can be difficult among older adults especially those with arthritis.
The right pair of shoes can really go a long way in helping any senior stay confident and comfortable all day long. Keep these tips in mind when shopping for senior-friendly shoes that can help keep those foot aches and pains at bay.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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