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Avoiding Those Slipper Slip and Falls!

By Donna Stark

Slipping and falling is one of the leading causes of injuries for the elderly population, and I'm not just talking about bumps and bruises here. There can be serious consequences for those who find themselves on the ground after a fall. From sprains and strains to fractures and traumatic brain injuries, it is easy to see how falling can impact both the physical and mental health of the victim. Preventative measures must be taken to keep our loved ones safe and fortunately, most of us are on top that. But there is one area of falling that is often overlooked, and that is the type of footwear that many seniors choose to put on every day ... their slippers.

How to Choose the Right Slippers

Many elderly adults choose to wear slippers because medical conditions make it a necessity, and some just simply prefer the comfort that comes from wearing them, but in doing so, the risk for slips and falls increases for everyone. It is important to take the correct steps when choosing footwear for yourself or your loved one so that everyone stays safe. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Wide opening - Circulation problems, injuries, and certain medications can cause both the feet and ankles to swell, which can make it difficult to put shoes on and take them off. Having a slipper with a wide opening is extremely helpful in those types of situations.
  • Correct size - In addition to being a huge factor in comfort, buying the right size of slippers is also important for your safety! Slippers that are too tight may aggravate circulation issues, worsen the pain of arthritic joints, and increase the risk of trips and falls.
  • Rubber sole - Make sure your slippers have a rubber, non-slip sole with plenty of good traction. This can help reduce the risk of falls and will keep your feet safe if you have to run outside for something.
  • Insoles - A good pair of insoles can protect the arch of your foot and enhance your posture, which can help improve your balance, coordination, and stability. Look for insoles that are soft and cushioned with material like memory foam.
  • Fasteners - If the slippers need to be opened and closed, look for ones that have easy-to-manipulate fasteners. It can be difficult for those suffering from arthritis in their hands to use shoelaces or buttons, so choose other, more user-friendly, forms of fasteners. Velcro is a great option here.

Stop Slipping While Wearing Slippers!

That's a lot to consider when you are purchasing a pair of slippers, isn't it? But it will be worth it in the end if you can reduce the risk of slips and falls for yourself or your loved ones! So take your time and do your research. The perfect pair is out there.

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