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How to Wear and Find Senior-Friendly Footwear

Comfortable Leather Shoes

Footwear is an important consideration for most people of all ages. Shoes should be comfortable, functional, and – dare we say – stylish. As you age, however, different aspects of footwear will become more important, especially when it comes to fall prevention. There are several features to consider when making your footwear selection. The guide below is designed to point them out so that you can have an easier shopping experience. 

After finding safe, comfortable footwear, seniors should think about other ways to prevent and address falls. While you can work hard to prevent these events, accidents will inevitably happen. When a fall occurs, a medical alert system is the best tool you can have. These devices allow users to instantly contact emergency support. All our medical alert systems are activated with the push of a button, but users can also sign up for additional fall detection. No matter what shoes you’re wearing, a medical alert system will always work to keep you safe.

Important Elements of Senior Footwear

If you’re new to the senior footwear market, you might not know where to begin. Knowing what to look for can help you or your senior find the shoes they need to feel safe and confident. When searching for options, be sure to look for the following elements.

  • Closed heels. Closed heels provide greater stability, which is essential for seniors who may have weakened legs and ankles. Additionally, open-heeled shoes do not often fit snugly enough to provide the balance a senior needs.
  • Sturdy soles. A shoe’s mid-sole should not be too flexible. Sturdy shoes ensure stability, and those that bend easily can lead to a twisted foot or ankle. Also, sturdy soles are often more slip resistant than lightweight shoes. Prioritize those that have a good tread.
  • Weight. This one might sound strange, but heavy shoes can be a big impediment to mobile seniors. The easier it is for a senior to lift their feet, the fewer opportunities they’ll have to take a fall.
  • Size. This is the case for folks of all ages, but size is essential to a safe senior shoe. Shoes that are too big can cause falls, while shoes that are too tight will cause pain. Finding your goldilocks pair is essential for safety and comfort.
  • Low or no heels. High heels can significantly impact balance and gait. Only low heels are recommended for seniors, as they can provide greater stability. We suggest shoes with heels no more than one inch thick.
  • Prioritize orthotics. Over-the-counter orthotics can both improve balance and relieve pain. If you or your senior has foot pain as a result of diabetes or arthritis, these inserts can provide relief.

Don’t Rely on Your Shoes

Strappy Sandals Tripping On Stairs

A good pair of shoes can help prevent a fall, but only a medical alert system will provide the emergency care necessary when it happens. The medical alert systems offered from Alert1 are more budget-friendly than what Life Alert® costs, which means you can spend that extra money on a stylish, comfortable, and safe pair of shoes.