Everyone needs comfortable shoes
To maintain their health, it’s important for older adults to be as active and mobile as possible. They also need to be stable and safe while on their feet. That’s why comfortable, well-fitting shoes are essential for all seniors. Also, it’s pretty tough to be happy and have good quality of life if your feet hurt all the time!
Many seniors need special shoes
Aging and health conditions (like diabetes, arthritis, bunions, or swelling) can cause changes in your older adult’s feet. This might make regular shoes difficult to put on or uncomfortable to wear. The solution is to find special shoes that adapt to their needs.
What to look for in adaptive shoes
In general, adaptive shoes for seniors should have:
- Non-slip or non-skid soles to help prevent falls
- Easy open and close fastener
- Wider opening so it’s easy to get feet into shoes
- Extra padding for comfort
Adaptive shoe and slipper options
Silvert’s specializes in adaptive clothing and footwear. They have a nice selection of adaptive shoes, slippers, and socks for women and men. They also have an excellent return policy because they know caregivers are usually doing the purchasing for an older adult. See all the footwear at Silvert’s >
- Buck & Buck
Buck & Buck is another well-known retailer of adaptive clothing and shoes. Their customer service is friendly and helpful and they also have a good return policy.
- New technology from Nike
Nike launched a new type of sneaker that’s inspired by a young man with cerebral palsy. They’re designed to be easy to get on and off with one hand so people with disabilities can put on and take off their shoes independently. The Nike Flyease sneaker line has options for men and women. These are great for people who enjoy wearing athletic shoes, but need assistance to put them on and take them off.
Shoehorns are a big help!
Sometimes, bending over to put shoes on is half the battle. These sturdy, long shoehorns make putting on shoes easier and safer.
Bunions can be removed by surgery, but that is not the only solution! There are special shoes, pads, toe separators, arch supports and support socks that provide comfort and relief.
Check with your older adult to make sure they’re truly comfortable and safe in their current shoes. If not, consider one of these adaptive options or adding a long shoehorn to make life easier.