Along with ageing come changes to the structure and function of the foot and ankle. With problems in these areas, there is an increased risk of impaired balance and falls in older people. Interventions to address these issues may hold some promise in improving mobility and as a falls prevention strategy. Footwear is an important factor in helping people with a higher falls risk. A recent study has shown that older people who suffered a trip-related fracture were more likely to be wearing shoes without any method of fixation (i.e.: laces, buckles, etc).
For more advice on podiatry issues, a Healthcare 2 You professional can be of assistance.