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Choosing Supportive Shoes for Seniors

One of the major ways to prevent falls among seniors is having proper footwear. Experts suggest that older adults are less likely to lose their balance if they wear shoes that give them proper support. Other guidelines include choosing a size that leaves about one-quarter of an inch between the toes and the tip of the shoe. A deeper and wider toe box should allow the toes to move within the shoe. Shoes that close but allow for changes in foot size are recommended. Either Velcro straps or shoes with laces will fit the bill. Make sure the heel cup of the shoe fits properly to give support and prevent slips. And it is thought that a rounded heel provides more contact with the ground and is safer. In addition, a lower heel height provides more stability. Finally, the sole should offer a good grip but not stick to the carpet. Sandals should have a back strap and adjustable closures. For further guidance on proper footwear for seniors, please consult a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Livonia
South Tower Professional Building
(734) 591-6612
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14555 Levan Road
Suite E-302
Livonia, MI 48154
Southfield
(248) 353-9300
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29201 Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48034

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