Foot problems, functional impairment, and falls in older people

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  • 1 University of Western Sydney-Macarthur, New South Wales, Australia.
  • | 2 University of Western Sydney-Macarthur, New South Wales, Australia.
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Falls in older people are common and may lead to considerable disability. Although a number of risk factors for falling have been identified, the role of foot problems has received relatively little attention in the literature. This article reviews the literature pertaining to the prevalence of foot problems in older people and discusses the relationship of foot problems to functional impairment and falls. In addition, a number of theoretical considerations regarding specific foot conditions and postural instability are outlined.