MD Podiatrist Discusses Walking Shoes for Seniors

For people who walk frequently, choosing the right walking shoe is super important to prevent your feet from aching and developing or worsening painful foot conditions. But wearing the proper supportive footwear is especially essential for older adults, said  Dan Michaels, DPM. “Supportive shoes help maintain balance and alignment, which are necessities in this population since they are at a greater fall risk. 
“They also help decrease pedal muscle fatigue and overall soreness since biomechanics forces are evenly distributed throughout the shoe.” Dr. Michaels described the best shoes for older people as ones that are lightweight and breathable to prevent sweaty feet. They should also be well-cushioned, have good traction on the soles to prevent slips and falls and be easy to get on and off.