Good Footwear is one of the most important considerations that a parent can give to their Childs development. The right footwear can assist in healthy growth and development of your child. Shoes vary so much that understanding what actually works for a foot and what information is right, the purchaser is often left not knowing where to start.
People of all ages wear shoes that are inappropriate for their feet or which fail in its design to appropriately accommodate that persons foot type. Its not that all shoes are bad, far from it. Some shoes are superbly designed. Therefore it is about knowing what to look for, what to avoid and sometimes how to enhance the shoes performance.
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So what should your shoe be like? Your shoe should have enough depth for the toes, be adequately supportive yet have a degree of flexibility to allow normal foot function. It should have the correct slope angle on the sole to allow normal walking to occur, it should be breathable and should accommodate your natural foot shape.
When people wear shoes that are too sloppy, unsupportive and prevent good biomechanics occurring, then all manor of problems can occur. This is particularly prevalent in those people with vulnerable feet, especially people with very flexible foot types.
Inappropriately designed footwear can lead to stresses on the muscles and joints of the foot, which may lead to injury or deformity. Poor fit may lead to rubbing and sores on the surface of joints. This is especially concerning for people with diabetes, poor circulation or other on going health conditions.
Shoe function and support can be improved when people wear orthotics.
Orthotics are basically arch supports. Medical grade orthotics are in most cases taken from a unique cast of your foot, to give you an exact footbed, so that your foot is positioned perfectly within your shoe.
The benefits of orthotics are as follows
Protect joints from overload during running and walking, reducing or preventing corns and calluses, elimination of muscle fatigue, prevent of injury, joint problem and deformity. Improving proprioception and balance (therefore potentially reducing ‘clumsyness’ in some children during activity).
So choosing the correct shoe type for the activity you are doing from a Podiatrists perspective can make the difference between comfort and injury. From School shoes, to summer sandles, to office shoes and to running trainers, if you would like further advice regards looking after your foot health, then its advisable to consult the opinion of your Podiatrist for a foot health assessment or talk through your symptoms, concerns and best course of action for your feet.
This article was written by Ruggero