Footwear and Footcare

Taking care of your feet and wearing proper footwear are important to help prevent falls. Feet that are healthy and pain-free can help you keep your balance.

Proper foot care

  • Use warm water to wash your feet.
  • Dry your feet completely after washing, especially between your toes.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short.
  • When sitting, put your feet up on a stool to decrease swelling.
  • Check your feet often for corns, open sores, redness, dry skin and thickened nails. Ask for help or use a mirror to see your feet.


  • Wear supportive footwear inside and outside your home.
  • Avoid walking in bare feet, stockings, or floppy slippers with an open heel.
  • Wear shoes that allow room for your feet to swell.
  • Buy shoes with laces or Velcro® closures to ensure a snug fit.
  • Wear shoes with a non-slip tread.
  • Add ice grips to your footwear in the winter, and wear winter boots that will grip snow and ice.



Finding Balance
is a seniors' falls prevention initiative developed by the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, in partnership with seniors' groups, healthcare organizations, and practitioners across Canada and is administered nationally by provincial stewards.

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