This year for falls awareness week, the theme is healthy feet.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people aged over 65 fall each year.
The consequences can be devastating.
Accidents can happen so easily, but many falls can be avoided by wearing correctly fitted, supportive footwear around the home. It's natural to want the comfort, warmth and easy access of slippers. Most falls that older people experience however happen within the home and such falls are often due to poorly fitting footwear, with little or no support.
Slippers that are stocked within the above Practices have been designed to give the best of both worlds they look like a slipper but have features that make them far more supportive than ordinary slippers and are really “house shoes.”
These shoes have hard wearing stable outer soles that can be worn outside as well as inside.
The wide flat sole provides a stable base for walking. The uppers have stiffener built into the back panel that supports and cradles the heel safely and comfortably. All the slippers also have the added benefit of a removable insole which will allow extra room for the swollen or wide foot as well as the option to insert an orthotic if needed.
It is surprising how so many people are unaware of their correct foot size and therefore wear slippers that are too big or too small.
Why not treat yourself to a new pair of house shoes; it could save your life.