How to choose footwear to prevent slip and fall risks

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2023 | Injuries, Personal Injury |

What you wear on your feet can determine whether you will be a victim of a slip and fall. Footwear is quite varied, and some styles make you more prone to instability and falls.

There are a few points to consider when buying footwear that you will wear out and about, especially in adverse weather. Making these considerations can help you to avoid potentially disastrous falls.

Check the tread

The tread is on the sole of the shoe. It provides traction and can impact how well your foot connects with the pavement. Ideally, for everyday wear, you want a rubber sole. It will not only have the best traction but also provide the most comfort. In addition, make sure it is not a smooth tread but that it has a decent thickness to really grip the ground.

Be cautious with fit

Properly fitting shoes are easier to walk in. You want to be sure that you do not wear footwear that is too tight or too loose. Both options can lead to falls because you may become unsteady on your feet. Fit also impacts comfort. Too tight shoes are something you likely will not wear often, which would defeat the purpose of carefully selecting shoes to prevent falls.

Choose proper styles

Some shoes, such as high heels and other dressy styles, are ok for indoor or occasional wear, but they offer the least protection against falls. The best shoe style provides full foot coverage and an adequate sole that will be able to ensure your feet grip the ground safely when you walk.