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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.

Suggestions

  • 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.

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