Hi there,

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older people? Every year, three million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries, with more than 800,000 requiring hospitalization. Preventing falls is a critical health priority, and one effective way to reduce the risk is by improving balance. Proper footwear plays a crucial role in enhancing balance, particularly for individuals facing mobility and balance challenges.

When it comes to selecting footwear to improve balance, consider the following 1-2-3 test:

  • Heel Test: Press on both sides of the heel area to ensure it is stiff and won’t collapse. A sturdy heel provides essential support and stability.
  • Flexibility Check:Bend the shoe to check for total flexibility. While the shoe shouldn’t bend excessively in the toe box area, it shouldn’t be too stiff and inflexible either. Optimal flexibility allows for natural foot movement while maintaining support.
  • Twist Test: Try twisting the shoe. It should be flexible enough to twist in the middle, allowing for comfortable movement without compromising stability.
Best Footwear for Health

Best Footwear for Health

In addition to the 1-2-3 test, here are a few more tips to keep in mind while shoe shopping:

  • Get Professionally Measured: Have your feet professionally measured every time you go shoe shopping. Natural aging and health changes can alter the size and shape of your feet, so it’s essential to ensure you’re wearing the right size.
  • Test with Socks: Bring the type of socks you plan to wear with the shoes and walk around the store in them before making a purchase. If you don’t feel comfortable or stable while walking, it’s best to explore other options.
  • Comfort is Key:Shoes should feel comfortable and supportive from the moment you try them on. If they don’t feel good right away, attempting to break them in won’t improve the situation.
  • Consult with a Professional: If you have specific health challenges or foot issues, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a professional. They can recommend the best footwear options tailored to your needs, ensuring optimal comfort, support, and stability.

Investing in quality footwear isn’t just about fashion – it’s about prioritizing your health and safety. Remember, the right shoes can make a significant difference in your overall well-being, helping you stay on your feet and navigate daily activities with confidence.

To healthy feet,

Dr. Anthony Rosales

Flagstaff Foot Doctors
421 North Humphreys Street
(928) 774-4825