Take care of your feet:
- Check your feet daily. Use a mirror or ask for help.
- Look for cuts, blisters, calluses, and swelling.
- Keep the skin of your feet soft and smooth.
- Keep your toenails trimmed. Don’t cut them too short.
- See a health care professional if you have diabetes, pain or any changes to your feet.
- Wear falls smart shoes.
- Older adults want to live active and independent lives.
- Falls are not a natural part of aging. Feet that are healthy and pain free can help a person to maintain good balance. Good balance can prevent falls.
- As we age, people can develop foot problems.
- Our feet can warn us of other health problems such as diabetes, arthritis and poor circulation.
Make sure you are wearing your shoes properly to prevent falls!
Other helpful tips:
- Buy shoes late in the day, as your feet will be more swollen
- Have your feet measured for the correct size every time you buy shoes
- Avoid walking in stocking feet
- Consider wearing supportive shoes in your home
This information was brought to you by Finding Balance, developed by the Alberta Center for Injury Control and Research and the Alberta Medical Association.