There are some simple rules to follow when shopping for healthy footwear. “The two main issues with people’s footwear are poor fit and heel elevation,” says Dr. Hylton Menz, a podiatrist and professor of biomechanics at La Trobe University in Australia. Some of Menz’s research on older adults shows that too-short or too-narrow shoes can lead to foot deformities and increased risk for weakness and falls, as well as growths like bunions, corns, and calluses.
|Dr. Hylton Menz
The healthiest footwear for both older and younger adults should fit well and have a low, broad heel, a thin and flexible sole, and some kind of lace, strap or Velcro to ensure the shoe stays firmly attached to the foot, he says.
Source: Markham Heid, Time
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