Our feet bear an enormous burden of daily living. As well as carrying the weight of our body, they must also twist and flex with increased impact and strain when we move around. Even through simple day-to-day activities such as standing and walking, our feet can be injured if not properly supported. Shoes play a vital role in this, as well as protecting our feet from external dangers.
The ideal shoe
There is no such thing as the one perfect shoe. Feet come in many shapes and sizes, and are involved in many activities. Generally though, when you buy new shoes, it’s important to make sure:
Choosing shoes that fit well is an important part of caring for your feet. Finding the right fit may mean you have to look at a few different styles to accommodate your particular foot shape.
Because feet are rarely the same size, it is important that you fit your shoes to your larger foot. An experienced footwear sales person can help you with this. Since most shoe manufacturers have their own size range, you should make decisions on what feels right. People who have misshapen feet from an injury or medical condition such as arthritis or diabetes, may require shoes with extra depth or width. Some people may require orthoses (inserts). Occasionally a custom made shoe will be most suitable. These should be prescribed by a podiatrist.
When buying new shoes, keep in mind the following:
Also check the following:
If you work in a field that increases the chance of you injuring your feet, safety shoes are vital. Safety shoes and boots protect your feet, help prevent injuries and reduce the severity of injuries that occur in the workplace.
Your toes should not touch the end of your shoes or you may damage your nails and toes – you need a gap of about 1cm from the end of your largest toe to the shoe.
Shoes should also be broad enough and deep enough. If you can see the outline of your feet pressing against your shoes, they are probably the wrong fit.
In addition to footwear advice, AC Podiatry can also help you maintain the health of your shoes. We have available The SteriShoe® sanitiser. This is an innovative foot care product that provides a healthier environment for your feet by sanitising the inside of your shoes. It’s clinically proven to be effective in killing up to 99.9% of problematic microorganisms! Using germicidal ultraviolet light, the SteriShoe® shoe sanitizer kills the organisms that cause:
For more information on the SteriShoe® preview the video below:
AC Podiatry is a modern and contemporary Podiatry clinic servicing Adelaide and the Clare Valley. The philosophy that underpins the clinic is one of patient centred care, that is, the patient comes first.
Level 1, 132-134 Fosters Road Hillcrest, South Australia 5086
Tel: (08) 8255-5575
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