Footwear for HEALTHY FEET and a HEALTHY YOU!
Wearing shoes that are the correct size, fit, shape, material, weight AND support is vital to avoid sore feet and to prevent or alleviate many common foot problems. It’s also important to choose footwear that will encourage walking, and minimise your risk of falling and slipping.
Choose the right shoes
When choosing shoes, you need to consider the activity, the surface and your need for support.
High heels will place significant stress on your body
High-heeled shoes place the foot into an unnatural position, affecting the foot and your posture. Prolonged periods of walking in high heels can place unnecessary stress on your back and neck, and result in permanent posture changes. It is not uncommon for women who have been in high heels for most of their working lives to find themselves in pain when they start to regularly wear flat shoes.
The high-heeled shoe also places greater pressure on the forefoot, which can cause a build-up of calluses. The pointed toe puts significant pressure against the toes, which can cause permanent deformity including bunions, claw toes, corns and thickening of the nails.
Hard surfaces can cause pain and problems
People who spend a lot of time on hard surfaces – such as concrete – are more prone to heel and forefoot pain, and tend to develop more calluses and corns. To reduce the effect of concrete on your feet, wear supportive shoes (preferably lace-up) with softer soles and innersoles. Arch supports will help distribute weight over a larger surface area so that pressure is not focused on the heel and forefoot.
Lace-up boots may ease sore feet
Lace-up boots maintain the alignment of the leg so that the muscles and ligaments on either side of the foot have even amounts of pressure placed on them. This can help to reduce foot soreness. However, lace-up boots can restrict the range of motion at the ankle joint. As a general rule, wear boots that don’t come too high above the ankle and make sure they fit comfortably around the front of the ankle, preferably with a padded tongue.
Appropriate footwear is vital for playing sport
Sports people need footwear that provides cushioning for shock absorption and for medial and lateral stability. Sports shoes should be able to bend easily at the ball of the foot and the heel should not slide in the shoe.
Shoe inserts and orthotics
Here at InnOvate Podiatry we create customised orthotics out of the highest quality EVA to provide the best comfort and support. Our brand, jobs and reputation is to correct individual foot problems, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain. Insoles bought at pharmacies and sports stores are generally made from soft materials to one generic arch shape. While they may be adequate for some people, they do not address specific problems of individuals.
Podiatrists prescribe insoles to help correct mechanical problems in the foot. These are made from a cast of the foot and are tailored specifically to your feet. Because these devices are ‘one of a kind’, they can be more expensive, however at InnOvate Podiatry, your customised orthotics can be 100% rebated with NO out of pocket expense for clients with Private Health Insurance – Podiatry extras.
Alternate your shoes
Alternating your shoes from one day to the next will help to vary the posture of the foot and distribute the load over a greater range of joints and muscles. It will also allow your shoes to dry out and therefore reduce the growth of bacteria.
Where to get help
- Call and make an appointment with us on (03) 9510 5500
- Alternatively book online here at www.innovatepodiatry.com.au/contact-us
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Things to remember
- See a Podiatrist if foot problems persist.
- Wearing shoes that fit properly and support your feet is important for pain free, healthy feet.
- Select the shoes that suit the activity.