Fall Injury Interventions

Footwear

Background

At least one study has examined the role of footwear in falls to children.22  In an analysis of 1075 injuries due to loss of footing (slipping or tripping), the risk was decreased by going barefoot compared to wearing shoes (OR=0.69), although children who wore sneakers had even lower rates of injury.

No intervention studies have been examined testing whether promotion of a certain kind of footwear can decrease the risk of falls in children.