For seniors who want to stay active, orthopedic support is essential. No matter their health level, fitness goals or exercise routine, if their shoes don’t fit properly, it can cause a host of discomfort.
As seniors age, their feet lose fat on the bottom of the heel, meaning that the bone in the heel of the foot can rub against the skin. This can cause a heel spur, which is a minor discomfort that can develop into something more severe.
The best way to maximize orthopedic support is to find the right pair of shoes. The benefits of a proper pair of shoes are numerous.
• Improved balance: Seniors are at increased risk of falling, and an ill-fitting pair of shoes can actually make it more dangerous for them to walk. Proper shoes give seniors the confidence they need to be able to walk inside and outside.
• Increased activity levels: If their tennis shoes pinch, seniors may be reluctant to exercise because they know they will be in pain. With proper orthopedic support, they can exercise more frequently.
• Improved posture: Weak feet or ankles can cause problems all the way up the spine. Sore knees and back can be an indication of improper orthopedic support.
Finding the best fit
When looking for new shoes for your senior, there are several things to keep in mind.
• Shop in the afternoon: Feet swell over the course of the day, so shoes that fit perfectly in the morning may be too tight in the afternoon depending on how much feet swell.
• Get sized: Shoe size can change over time as a result of aging. Getting resized every time you buy shoes with your senior ensures the best fit.
• Spend time in the shoes: Rushing through a fitting means that your senior may not detect if a pair of shoes truly fit properly. Wearing them and walking on several different surfaces are usually the best way of determining fit, so plan plenty of time when shopping.
• Look into the sole: A thick sole is essential for senior shoes. Rubber soles grip slick surfaces, making it less likely that they will fall.
Different seniors have different shoe needs.
• Some may be unable to lace shoes, so that may need to be taken into consideration.
• Lower heels are also recommended to reduce falls.
• A high back on the shoe can improve support and balance.
• Wide-mouth shoes can help accommodate swelling feet and make it easier to put the shoes on and take them off.
• Optional arch supports for those with high arches can provide a more even distribution of weight throughout the shoe.
• Breathable materials can help seniors who need to wear socks with shoes or want better airflow around their feet.
Shoes are an essential part of caring for a senior since they provide support and balance. Another way to ensure that your senior loved one can navigate through balance issues is by hiring elderly care providers. An elderly care provider can assist your senior loved one in situations where they may struggle with balance, such as on the stairs or walking a long distance. While you are improving your senior’s shoe collection, consider elderly care to further improve their safety and independence.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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