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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

What to Look for in a Supportive Shoe

  • Shoe length: Check that your shoe length is 6 mm (1/4") longer than your longest toe
  • Closure: Laces or Velcro® closure allows a snug fit and allows for swelling
  • Heel cup: Back of shoe covers the heel to provide support and prevent slipping
  • Heel shape: Heel is rounded and wide to give more contact with the ground
  • Heel height: Heel height is 6 mm to 2.5 cm (1/4" to 1" high)
  • Sole: Sole has a good grip but does not stick to carpet
  • Toe area: Toe area is deep and wide enough to allow toes to move

Running shoes are supportive. Choose a pair with a thin sole so you can feel the surfaces you walk on.


The best type of sandal has a back strap, covers your foot and is adjustable.


To learn more about your risk of falling complete the “Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.​

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Current as of: June 30, 2019

Author: Fall Risk Management Program