Shoes - lace up, pull on, slide on, buckle up... Sure, we go for the look, but what about practicality - especially when it comes to falls risk.
Falls can have serious consequences as we age, and shoes can play a crucial role in preventing them.
"Our feet provide support and balance to our whole body through our movement," said Injury Matters general manager for injury prevention Samantha Menezes.
"Foot pain or problems caused by unsafe footwear can cause difficulties with simple things like walking, housework or shopping."
Ms Menezes said safe and supportive shoes should fit well and include factors such as supportive and slip-resistant soles, low heels and a high and supportive collar.
"A safe heel should be broad, round and less than 2cm in height," she said.
"Be mindful of the soles of your shoes, as untextured or worn soles can lead to slipping."
Being comfortable in your shoes also plays a role in maintaining your balance. If you are experiencing pain, rubbing or pinching, it may be time for a different pair.
The Injury Matters Stay On Your Feet program has a Shoe Safety Checklist you can use to see if you need safer shoes.
You can check your favourite shoes with the checklist and see your doctor or podiatrist with the results.
If you care for an older person, it is suggested you check the shoes are safe and fit well, and see if the wearer has foot pain or any other foot issues.
If so, it might be wise to have them referred to a podiatrist to assess any problems and make recommendations for appropriate footwear.
The Injury Matters Stay on Your Feet program is a Western Australian program, however the online information is accessible to everyone.
Find out more about safely staying on your feet HERE
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