Footwear | Galleria Podiatry

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Footwear plays an important role in not only protecting the feet but offering support. When choosing footwear there are a few points to remember:

  1. Have your feet measured before buying shoes. Changes to the internal structure of the foot and swelling can affect the length and/or width of your foot.
  2. Lace-up shoes with good retaining straps are recommended. These prevent the foot from sliding around or moving forward in the shoe by holding the heel firmly in place. Slip-on shoes, thongs, etc should be avoided or worn only for short periods of time.
  3. Shoes should be comfortable when you first try them on. They should not have to be “worn in” for them to be comfortable.
  4. New shoes should be worn for short periods, possibly only a few hours per day at first, increasing the wearing time gradually each day.
  5. A lower heeled shoe is better. The higher the heel the more weight is thrown forward on to the ball of the foot, causing pain.
  6. Shoes should have firm heel counters to stop excessive foot movement.
  7. The shoe should have a lot of flexibility along the metatarsal break area (at the ball of the foot). When holding the shoe between the hands and pushing, the shoe should bend along the metatarsal break. The shank (mid-sole) should be firm.
  8. Leather uppers help ventilate the foot and prevent excessive perspiration.
  9. Pointy/narrow-toed shoes should be avoided. A wider, squarer toe will accommodate your foot better. Make sure the toe box is deep enough to allow room for the toes, especially if claw or hammer toes are present.
  10. A thicker rubber type sole will provide better cushioning and shock absorption to the foot.
  11. Abnormal wear patterns on the sole of the shoe, heel or in the upper can indicate problems with your foot posture and the way you walk. Your PODIATRIST can help to analyse and rectify these problems. They can also guide you in purchasing the correct shoe for your needs.