Study: Bare Feet Better Than Non-Slip Socks For Preventing Falls

A recent study published in a geriatrics magazine compared non-slip socks with other methods for preventing falls.

The study concluded that bare feet provide better slip resistance than non–slip socks.

This study did not explore whether traction provided by bare feet was comparable to 'optimal' footwear such as shoes. However, previous studies have associated barefoot walking with increased falls. Therefore, it is suggested that all patients continue to be encouraged to mobilize in appropriate, well–fitting shoes while in the hospital.

This study compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non–slip socks with other foot conditions: bare feet, compression stockings and conventional socks, in order to determine any traction benefit. For more, see the study.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.