Stay Safe and Comfortable on Your Feet

Welcome to another Stay Standing blog!
Do you suffer with problem feet? You are not alone. Foot problems affect around one in three Seniors, and increase the risk of falls and loss of independence. Podiatrists are the primary health providers for all things relating to feet. Podiatrists can assess, request tests (like xrays) and treat your feet, and you do not need a referral to visit them. Podiatrists work across a variety of health settings, including in hospital and the community. Podiatrists commonly treat foot conditions due to:

– bone and joint disorders (such as arthritis)
– soft tissue pathologies (like fungal infections and other toenail problems)
– neurological and circulatory diseases (including diabetic ulcers and other wounds)

Podiatrists are also footwear experts. Painful or ill-fitting shoes, too thick soles, and various health problems can impair sensory input from the feet to the brain, leading to loss of balance and falls injury.

ideal shoe
To stay safe and comfortable on your feet, check that your next pair of new shoes have these 7 Safe Footwear features:
  1. Supportive collar around the heel and ankle
  2. Low heel height (less than 2.5 cm)
  3. Squared or bevelled heel for stability
  4. Adequate room for feet and toes
  5. Slip resistant outer sole
  6. Thin but firm midsole
  7. Breathable material

TIP: Buy your new shoes at the end of the day when your feet are more likely to have swollen, and remember – if they don’t feel comfortable in the shop, they won’t feel comfortable at home!