At Well Heeled Podiatry we focus on specific footwear education so we ensure our patients are wearing the right type of shoe for their foot type and the activity being undertaken.
Footwear plays a very important part in caring for your feet and preventing foot complications. It helps in protecting your feet from injury and trauma, shock absorption and supporting the arches of the feet.
One of the reasons feet may get sore is due to poor fitting footwear and inadequate support. Shoes that do not fit properly often contribute to foot pathology, such as ingrown toenails, bunions, clawed toes, corns or callus, which reduces mobility.
If these pressure areas are not treated by a podiatrist they may lead to ulcers and infections, especially in people with diabetes. People who have medical conditions such as arthritis or those who have wide or hard to fit feet often require extra depth, extra width shoes.
Good fitting, supportive footwear also helps with our proprioception and balance, which can prevent sporting injuries in the young and significantly decrease the risk of falls in the elderly.
If you need or wear customised foot orthotics, it is very important to wear supportive footwear as this will help maximise the benefits of the orthotics and hold your foot in place on the device for increased support.