Each year in the UK around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at leastone fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.
One of the common risk factors in a person falling is either wearing wrongly fitting or inappropriate footwear, socks, tights, or, in many cases, not wearing anything on their feet in and around the house.
In the house make sure you wear slippers that fit you correctly, and have adequate heel support. Ideally they should have a good fastener or Velcro support and sufficient grip.
The best house slippers for women 2019 should be easily adjustable to accommodate any swelling in the foot, and be slip resistant. They need to have supportive rubber soles, and have adequate heel support to help with your balance when walking.
Guide for choosing the right slippers for the elderly
Here’s your 6 point checklist to consider before you buy……
1) Correct Size:
First and foremost, you need to make sure that the slippers you are wearing fit you correctly. Too loose and they will easily slip off, and potentially cause you to lose your balance and fall. If they are too tight they will make it painful walking, restrict your circulation and could damage your feet and toes.
This is simple advice but you would be surprised how many elderly people walk around in an old pair of slippers they have had for years, and that are falling apart, with their toes pushing a hole in the end of the slipper.
2) Heel Support:
You need to make sure that the slipper has a good supportive heel to it. Your foot needs to be in contact with the sole of the slipper at all times, So many elderly women walk around their home in slippers with no back in them, which makes it so easy for your foot to slip out, lose your balance and fall.
3) Supportive Sole:
You need a good hard sturdy thick sole to give you plenty of support in your mid foot. Try to avoid thin, flexible soles which have lots of give in them, but will make you less stable walking in your slippers. In addition, the thinner sole will wear out a lot quicker.
4) Good Grip:
Having a good grip on your slippers is really important. A rubber slip resistant material sole is best. Many people don’t always check the grip, and walk around with worn smooth slippers. Make sure you check yours !
Even on a carpeted surface this increases the risk of slipping, but on wet, laminated, smooth and tiled surfaces the risk of serious accidents happening is greatly increased.
Your feet change in size so you need to keep them secure at all time. Velcro slippers are great as they rarely need to be adjusted, and keep your feet secure. Try to avoid any slippers with laces as they can soon become loose walking around in them. In addition, they can soon become a trip hazard for you.
You need the slippers to feel comfortable as you will spend a lot of time wearing them during the day. You need to look for ones made from breathable material that minimise your feet sweating.
Some elderly people suffer from cold extremities especially with their feet. Memory foam is common now in a lot of different types of slippers, which keeps your feet warm, but also very soft and supportive.
So, there you have it, some good advice and tips on choosing the right slippers for you. Take a look at some of the best house slippers to buy.
Best House Slippers for Women 2019
1. LongBay Women’s Wide Fit Memory Foam Diabetic Slippers
The LongBay Women’s Wide Fit Memory Foam Diabetic Slippers are ideal for around the home. Easy to put on with an adjustable strap for a customized fit, they offer great stability and are perfect for those with tired, swollen feet.
The large adjustable Velcro closure strap makes them easy to put on and off. Great for those with reduced strength or arthritic fingers.
The soft wool-like knit upper plus silky faux bunny fur lining means you will always feel snug and comfortable when wearing them.
Great price for those on a budget but looking for a high quality slipper.
Durable rubber sports sole with non-slip traction, which means great stability and support for you on any surface.
Supportive insole which means added comfort for you.
These Padders ladies slippers are perfect for keeping you warm. The extra wide fitting allows enough room for wide feet and keeps them ultra comfortable by the memory foam insole preventing feet from painful pressure points.
The extra wide fit make them perfect for you if you suffer from swollen feet, of if you have a wider foot.
Feel really supportive and very, very easy to slip on and off because of the wide opening flap, as opposed to a “strap like” closure.
The high back and ankle support gives you great stability when walking in them, which really helps you if you have poor balance.
These Padders Women’s Camilla Low-Top Slippers have a soft terry lining and memory foam filled sock making them a delight to wear. They fasten easily with a Velcro fastening, and are great for wearing around the house.
The memory foam sock lining makes your feel really snug and comfortable.
Has a super soft rubber sole that cushions your feet.
Available in a range of attractive colours to suit everyone’s taste.
Could also be used for light outdoor use as well.
The adjustable Velcro fastener makes it great for those who suffer with swollen ankles and feet.
Wide enough fit to accommodate you wearing any foot bandages or dressings.
Stitching on the back of the slipper can become loose over time.
These luxurious ample fitting rubber soled slippers mould to your feet for unbelievable comfort, eliminating painful pressure points. Designed with a micro suede upper and memory foam insole, they are everything you want in a slipper.
Really easy to put on and off, perfect for those with weak or arthritic hands.
The insole is a lovely soft memory foam, firm enough to give good support and be able to be worn for occasional outdoor use.
Good height heel support which makes them feel really supportive, and helps with your balance when walking.
Has a good non-slip sole, hard enough to be supportive, but also soft enough to cushion your feet.
Look as good as new even after a gentle machine wash.
Some people might find the fleece lining makes your feet too warm.
This soft yet supportive slipper has a cushioned foot bed so it’s very comfortable underfoot. It has a broad toe shape and is seam-free at the front so it’s ideal for problem or sensitive toes.
Has a cushioned foot bed inside the slipper which can be removed to give you extra depth for your foot.
Seam free toe area which means less chance any stitching coming undone.
The slippers are machine washable ( 30 degrees ), but don’t forget to remove the foot bed.
The touch-fastening strap adjusts to fit a range of feet sizes, so even if your feet are swollen you’ll still get a comfortable fit.
Has a flexible rubber sole which is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
These slippers made by Cosyfeet are members of the Healthy Footwear Guide, a collaboration between UK footwear brands and foot health professionals. It aims to highlight the importance of wearing healthy, comfortable footwear. The footwear has to meet criteria set out by the organisation to attain the Healthy Footwear Guide mark.
If you are looking for a pair of cozy slippers then the Dearfoam Women’s Rebecca Microfiber Closed Back Slipper is just what you need.
They have a cushioned memory foam insole with velour lining and sock, giving your feet comfort and support.
Has a cushioned memory foam insole that is firm enough to give you good support, but ensures you don’t get any painful pressure points on your feet developing when you are walking.
Attractive smokey purple colour
Supportive heel with neat stitched fabric.
Available in all sizes ( EU – 36/37 to 42/43 / US – 5/6 to 11/12 )
Rubber sole with good grip
Some people may need a wider fitting slipper, especially if they have swollen or bandaged feet.
If you are looking for slippers you could live in, then look no further than the UGG Women’s Ansley Moccasin with there pure wool lining that your feet will sink into, and a sturdy rubber sole perfect for both indoors and outdoors.
Has UGG’s unique sheepskin 17mm wool lining and insole that will give you a warmth and cosiness unlike any other slipper.
These moccasin slippers have a waterproof suede upper that allows your feet to breath, and gives you protection against any accidents or spills.
Has a durable moulded rubber sole that offers good grip and support to keep you steady on your feet.
Detailed decorative moccasin stitch.
UGG branding adds an extra touch of luxury and elegance.
UGG sizes can be a little small so you may need to order the size up.
Indulge in a world of pure luxury and undeniable comfort in these Women’s Ansley Suede Moccasin Slippers by UGG. This classic moccasin slipper provides a traditional and timeless kind of style whilst the signature UGG branding adds an extra touch of elegance and luxury.
Slippers reduce your risk of getting bacterial and fungal infections
Non-slip or non-skid soles to help with your balance and stability.
Easy open and close fastener to accommodate swollen or bandaged feet.
Many comfortable slippers for women have wide openings so it’s easy for you to get footwear off and on.
Keep your feet warm, perfect for those who suffer from cold extremities.
Common Foot Problems in the Elderly
Resulting foot pain, deformity and loss of function can significantly compromise an older person’smobility and independence.
Most foot problems in the elderly can be greatly improved by wearing the correct fitting footwear, both in and out of your home.
Here’s a list of some of the common problems you might have with your feet as you get older.
1) Bunions (hallux valgus)
Abunion is a bony knob that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.
Bunions can form from an inherited structural problem in the foot, or as a result of medical conditions like arthritis. Inflammatory or degenerative arthritis can cause the cartilage covering the big toe joint to deteriorate and the extra pressure this places on the joint forms a bunion.
People who wear slippers or shoes that are too tight, too narrow or too pointed are more susceptible to developing bunions. Silicone toe separators provide relief for the bunion joint, and promote proper joint alignment.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Although you might assume that arthritis only happens in the elderly, it can affect people of all ages, including children.
Osteoarthritisis the most common type of arthritis. Also called “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is the gradual progressive breakdown of the joints’ natural shock absorbers.
Inflammation and injury to the joint cause a breaking down of smooth cartilage linings of the joints, causing pain, swelling, and deformity.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.
The outer covering (synovium) of the joint is the first place affected.
This can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and a change in the joint’s shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.
People with rheumatoid arthritis can also develop problems with other tissues and organs in their body.
Oedema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although oedema can affect any part of your body, you may notice it more in your hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.
Oedema can be the result ofmedication, pregnancy or an underlying disease — often congestive heart failure, kidney disease or cirrhosis of the liver.
Taking medication to remove excess fluid and reducing the amount of salt in your food often relieves oedema. When oedema is a sign of an underlying disease, the disease itself requires separate treatment.
Compression stockings are made to help control swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
They help by squeezing these areas to prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissue which can be very painful.
4) Ingrowing Toenail
An ingrowing toenail, also known as onychocryptosis, is a common condition which results in pain and disability in the foot.
Older people may also be at higher risk because toenails thicken with age.
The skin can become red, swollen and hard next to the nail, and be painful when pressure is applied on or around it.
Some causes of ingrowing toenails are –
Wearing incorrect footwear such as tight-fitting slippers or shoes, that places a lot of pressure on the big toes.
Tight fitting socks, stockings or tights can also contribute to them occurring.
Poor foot hygiene ( not washing your feet regularly and keeling them clean and dry )Poor posture can also increase the risk of you getting an ingrowing toenail.
An Ingrowing Toenail Kit is designed to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by ingrowing toenails. It has been designed in co-operation with podiatrists to treat and help provide relief from discomfort caused by ingrowing toenails.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of diabetes:
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
type 1 diabetes– where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
Elderly diabetic patients are particularly affected with foot disease. The main causes are peripheral neuropathy, foot deformities and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Other risk factors include reduced mobility, vision problems and other medical co-morbidities.
Caring for your slippers
Here are somegreat tips for keeping your slippers clean and fresh –
Machine wash at 30°c then stuff with newspaper or tissue to help them maintain their shape and allow them to dry naturally. Don’t put them in the airing cupboard or near a fire or radiator.
Using baking sodaor bicarbonate of soda as it’s also called is a great way to keep your slippers smelling fresh. Just sprinkle inside the slippers ensuring there is a thick layer, leave for 1-2 hours and then just shake the excess out of them.
You can remove stains by covering in a thick layer of baking soda, leave for a couple of hours, then gently brush away.
Best House Slippers for Women 2019
Most of the common foot problems in the elderly can be greatly improved by wearing the correct fitting footwear, both in and out of your home.
So, in your home make sure you wear slippers that fit you correctly, and have adequate heel support. Ideally they should have a good fastener or Velcro support and sufficient grip to help you stay safe and steady on your feet.