Meaning of “footing” - Learner’s Dictionary

footing

noun uk us /ˈfʊtɪŋ/

[ no plural ] If you have a footing on a surface, you are standing on it firmly:

I lost my footing and fell.
be on an equal/firm, etc footing

to be in an equal/safe, etc position or situation:

When we're on a firmer financial footing we can employ more staff.

(Definition of “footing” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)