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Optimizing footwear for older people at risk of falls

Jasmine C. Menant, PhD, et al.

Figure. Recommended shoe features for older people.

Research studies have shown that older people commonly wear unsafe shoes. Walking indoors barefoot or in socks and walking indoors or outdoors in high-heel shoes significantly increase the risk of falls in older people. To optimize balance and prevent falls, older people should wear shoes with low heels and firm soles both inside and outside the home. Wearing shoes with tread soles may also reduce the risk of falling on slippery surfaces.

Volume 45 Number 8, 2008
   Pages 1167 — 1182

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