Over the last few weeks we have been seeing injuries due to poor joggers or inappropriate footwear for exercising. The latest culprit for injuries now are Ugg boots or slippers.
With a lot of people still working from home, and the weather now getting colder, more people are wearing Ugg boots or slippers around the house. We are seeing a lot more people having falls due to the soft uppers and soles which have no proper structure.
Online retailers have seen a huge spike in sales of slippers and ugg boots over the past few weeks. One online retailer here in Australia saw a 1500 percent increase in slipper sales over the pandemic. That’s a lot of slippers.
We usually see the increase in the incidence of falls due to slippers every winter, but this year with the pandemic we are seeing a lot more of these injuries. My own mother-in-law had a big fall last week from wearing her slippers and tripping in them.
Now I get it with the comfort, I personally wear Ugg boots and love them as they keep my feet warm during these cold months. But (yes, you knew there had to be a ‘but’ here), I don’t wear them all day around the house.
Ugg boots and slippers are only supposed to be worn at night when you have retired for the day, and watching the TV. They are not built for walking around all day in them. The upper of the shoe is soft, so after a lot of wear, you slides around in them. The soling material is usually soft and wears fast and becomes distorted quickly. These two things in combination means that the ugg or slipper can slide, or slip around your foot, which encourages falls. How many times have you tripped because of your slippers or ugg boots. If you are honest, I bet you remember a few times this has happened.
Overall, as a Podiatrist, I don’t encourage people to wear slippers or ugg boots around the house. If you have to stay home for long periods, I would recommend you wear a jogger, or some lace up shoe for support, protection and reduce your risk of falls.
So stay safe, wear the right shoe for the right job, as a simple fall can cause a lot of major problems for you!
The Team From Sutherland Podiatry Centre