Balance, Gait & Footwear

Did you know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 will fall at least once during the next 12 months?

As we age our bodies change, and maintaining good balance can become difficult. This can put us at risk of a fall and injury.

Your balance can be affected by medications, inner ear problems, sudden movements, colds and sinus complaints, as well as poor fitting, slippery or loose footwear.

Poor foot health can also contribute to a fall.

Falls are preventable. Act now!

Take simple steps to ensure poor balance, foot problems or ill-fitting shoes don't trip you up!

  • Be physically active. Include exercises that build strength in your legs and feet and improve your balance
  • Avoid sudden movements - stand from chairs slowly
  • Pick up your feet when walking - avoid shuffling
  • Choose shoes that fit well and have a low, wide firm heel, flexible non-slip sole with a deep toe
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about medicines you take that may affect your balance

If you are concerned in any way about your balance talk to your doctor

Balance fact sheet

Foot Exercise brochure

Watch a YouTube clip on correct footwear

Other helpful information, resources & organisations

Choose the Right Shoes Brochure

The Australasian Podiatry Council 'Ageing Brochure'

Physical Activity Directory

Central Coast Walking Groups

A range of suitable physical activity programs are available - click here to find out more information


 

 

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