What questions should you ask yourself when choosing shoes ?
- What do you want to use the shoes for ?
- How long will you be wearing them ?
- Where will you be wearing them ?
- How far will you be walking in them ?
If you are planning to go for a long walk or even if you are just a shopping trip (you would be surprised how far you walk looking for that perfect pair of shoes!) then you need to go for an ideal shoe which has the following features.
The Ideal Shoe...should have:
- A Firm heel counter (to help control the foot)
- Laces, velcro or buckles to secure the foot in the shoe (so your foot does not slip forward)
- A Deep and wide toe box (you should be able to wiggle your toes)
- A bend only at the big toe joint (assist "toe off" action)
- Not too much sideways twist (to help maintain foot stability)
- A low stable heel (to help maintain stability and prevent falls)
- A shock absorbing, non slip sole (to help prevent falls)
- Natural materials, including the lining (to help maintain breathability)
- A removable insole (incase you need to have a custom made insole prescribed by your Podiatrist)
Shoe Selection Tips
Try shoes on in the afternoon when your feet may be larger so you don't purchase shoes that are too small for you.
If you want your feet to breathe then watch out for "water proofed" shoes, shoes that are made from reconstituted leather or those that are lined in a man made material.
If you are unsure if you have the right shoes or think they may be causing your foot problem then make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists