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
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.
Posted on Wed, August 26, 2009
by Robert Carter