Fashion plays a big role in our lives, we want to look good and feel good but sometimes fashion can make look good but be detrimental to our health.
For example, tight, narrow and pointy footwear can be high fashion but can cause a lot of issues with our feet including:
- Retracted digits
- Ankle sprains
- General foot and lower leg pain
- Plantar fasciitis
These conditions all need special treatment plans, and some cases can be more serious than others.
When looking for a shoe that will prevent these issues from occurring, you want avoid:
- Narrow footwear
- Tight footwear
- Pointy footwear
- Small footwear
- Hand me down footwear/op shop footwear (different wear patterns)
What we want to see in a good shoe:
- Good fit
- Good width
- Good length –thumb width longer at toes
- The shoe should not be able to be twisted
- The shoe should only be able to bend where the foot bends
- The toe area should be nice and round and provide the toes with enough room
- Provide some arch support
- There should be a fastening on the shoes – laces, velcro, or buckle
- A small heel
- Solid shoe that can absorb shock but not be too firm and hard
If you are suffering from any of the conditions above or are not sure of what you should be looking for in a shoe. Don’t hesitate to come in and get a full assessment.
This article was written by Alex, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Alex either give us a call or book online and select ‘Alexandra’ as your practitioner.
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