Slippers – what to watch out for when buying Christmas presents
Novelty slippers might make a great Christmas gift, but whilst they might keep your toes toasty, they don’t give a lot of support to your feet and can be a trip hazard.
This is fine if you put them on in the evening to watch TV, but if you are wearing them all day whilst in lockdown, they might be causing you problems.
We often see similar problems to the ones that occur when people start wearing flip flops all day in the summer – arch pain, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendon dysfunction to name but a few.
These issues occur when the feet suddenly don’t have the support they were used to in your usual outdoor shoes, or when the toes have to grip onto the sole of the slipper to help keep them on. Your gait can also change to a shuffle when wearing big, fluffy bunnies on the ends of your legs!
And it doesn’t necessarily have to be novelty slippers that cause the problems – a slipper that is too sloppy will also be a challenge for your feet. Backless styles and mules are great to slip on quickly, but don’t have enough structure to hold on to the foot.
If you have older friends or relatives, a poorly fitting slipper can also be a cause of trips or falls. If balance is an issue, it is especially important for the slipper to have a firm, non-slip sole and to have a fastening so that it fits securely to the foot.
Whilst we can’t visit shops in person at the moment, you can support our friends at ShoeMed by shopping with them online. Our clients can receive a 10% discount by using the code KFC10.
Another supplier with a great range of slippers is Simply Feet. You can also receive a 10% discount with the code XQ9B3290.