What you wear on your feet every day can be the main reason for your foot problems. Poor foot wear, shoes that are too narrow, unsupportive shallow or ill fitting shoes can give you corns and calluses on your feet, cause your nails to split and thicken or become ingrown.
Your podiatrist can assess your current foot wear for you, and the following information will guide you to getting better shoes for your foot health.
- An adjustable strap or lace across the mid foot stops your foot sliding around in the shoe.
- Foot wear that is supportive at the heel and through the sole of the shoe providing support throughout your the weight bearing contact with the ground.
- A deep toe box so your toes have enough space to move.
Choosing the right foot wear is dependent on your foot shape, your foot type and what activity you are wearing your shoes for. Wearing the right type of foot wear can improve your foot function, reduce foot pain and make your walks and activities comfortable and pain free.
Personalising your foot wear is part of what we do. Whether it be for running, tennis or hiking in the mountains. Getting the right sport shoe can help you achieve your goals without injury. Whether it is a barefoot running technique your aspiring toward or a more traditional running style we can help you choose the right foot wear and advice you on transitioning if thats what you are planning.
Heel to toe drop, thickness of the insole, a neutral shoe, the material type of the sole, the quality and properties of the upper and sole all play a part in how your shoes will affect your foot and lower limb function.
Some shoes have been made for running on roads, some have been made for running on trails and forest and fell.
Some running shoes can reduce stresses and strains of particular body segments and increase them in others. This means that if you have pain during running or sport, changing your foot wear can reduce strains in certain areas. Choosing the right shoes or trainers is part of what we do at Lewisham Foot Health.
Choosing the right foot wear