When buying shoes for elderly people, support and comfort should be at the top of your list before style.
This blog post offers you 9 tips to tick off on your check list before paying for those shoes. Let’s get to them!
- Purchase Shoes with a High Back
A high back shoe helps to stabilize the ankle. Shoes with a hard insert in the heel gives the shoe a firm structure and helps protect them from falling.
Note, if the high back of the shoe doesn’t have adequate padding, it can irritate or scratch the Achilles’s tendon.
- Purchase Shoes with Adequate Padding
Shoes worn by the elderly have to be properly cushioned. Cushioning reduces the effect of their feet impact on the ground on their hips and back by absorbing and dispersing the shock created.
More padding should also be added to the upper of the shoe to protect the toe.
- Purchase Shoes with Lace Free Closures
The elderly should not wear shoe types that do not anchor to their feet properly as these could slide off and cause them to trip. Purchase shoes that won’t have them bending a lot or knotting laces.
- Purchase shoes with Non-slip soles
A non-slip sole offers stability and prevents falls from happening. Elderly folks who suffer from Parkinson’s may need to consider smooth soles as these accommodate their shuffling gait.
- Purchase shoes with a wide mouth
Due to old age, the feet of the elderly tend to swell. It is important to purchase shoes that can make it easier to get their foot in and out of the shoe.
If they wear compression socks, ensure the shoes have enough space to fit them.
- Purchase shoes with the right material
There are 2 types of shoes that are suitable for the elderly;
Shoes with upper made of sturdy materials offer more support and insulation. While shoes made of softer upper made of mesh are more lightweight and provide more breathing space.
For the best effect on the feet, you can order custom made shoes from The Footwear Academy with breathable mesh upper combined with a supportive overlay this allows the shoe to bend with the foot in it without losing control.
- Purchase shoes with removable insoles
Any insole of your choice can be used in the shoes to be purchased;
Custom orthotics insoles for shoes or
Over the counter insoles.
- Purchase shoes with low heels
Do not purchase shoes that have heels higher than about an inch and a half. A high heel places undue straight on the toes and the balls of the feet.
Also, do not purchase a shoe that is totally flat as this can be uncomfortable too. Purchase shoes that are wide and have slightly raised heels and can help take the strain off their feet and legs when worn.
- Purchase shoes with adequate traction
Shoes for the elderly need to have a good grip as this is critical for their balance.
Purchase shoes that have groove patterns on the base of the shoe and extends to right to the edge.
These grooves allow water to escape from the shoes and help keep them steady in wet conditions.
So, you have the tips. Call/ Whatsapp 07055458828 or 08182336533 to place your orders to make your favourite elderly person a very comfortable shoe.