Footwear & Balance

  • Footwear: Ensure shoes have a strong grip on the sole. Loose fitting shoes, especially if the ankle is supported can cause instability and the ankle slipping to one side thus causing one to fall or loose balance.
  • Arthritis can make bending forward difficult and painful. Avoid shoes with laces if possible. Slip in shoes with use of a long handled shoe horn makes donning footwear a lot easier.
  • Deteriorating Balance: Legs that tend to sway or give way may be a sign that muscular and balance systems within the body require more investigation by a healthcare professional ( GP, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist). A mobility aid may be necessary to support with balance problems (Inactivity, walking less over time and Infections can all contribute to impaired balance).
  • Stay seated in a chair with arm rests for some tasks such as getting dressed and
    donning socks and footwear.
  • Request for assistance with some domestic tasks such as changing light bulbs and keep commonly used items at waist level ( cups, plates, tea bags ect)
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