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Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone, but they are more common and more significant as we get older, because we are more likely to injure ourselves. People often dismiss falls as part of getting old or not concentrating properly but they are often a warning sign that something is not right, so it is important to discuss any fall with your doctor
What makes a shoe unsafe?
Soft or stretched uppers make the foot slide around in shoe.
High heels impair stability when walking
Narrow heels make the foot unstable
Lack of laces means the foot can slide out of shoe
Slippery or worn soles are a balance hazard, particularly on wet floor
Inactive or unfit people tend to have poorer balance and weaker muscles and can be unsteady when walking. These can all increase the risk of falling. It is common for people who feel unsteady to do less walking. Over time this actually makes you more likely to fall because your muscles get weaker, your joints stiffer and your balance gets worse.