Incorrect fitting footwear can be the cause of several foot conditions.
When assessing footwear we check 5 components:
1. Twist - Twisting means the shoe will not provide enough control.
2. Bend -Does the shoe bend and move too much in the middle? If so, the shoe may not provide enough arch support.
3. Push - Check the the density of the sole, to determine if the supportiveness is right for the active the shoe will be used for.
4. Tie - Some form of fixation to hold the shoe on your foot, laces, velcro, or a strap.
5. The rule of T - Check the length there should be a thumb space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe.
Common issues we see as a result from ill fitting shoes:
Ingrown Toenails - pain, redness or inflammation around the corners of your toe nails.
Plantar Fasciitis – you may experience a deep ache or shooting pain in the heel if you have plantar fasciitis.
Bunions – can present as a swelling or deformity of the first joint of the big toe.
Blisters – can be caused by a range of reasons, but a friction blister is usually caused by tight shoes that create irritation through the foot rubbing against the shoe.
Metatarsalgia – this condition is when the ball of the foot becomes so inflamed it can be unbearable to stand or walk.
Corns and Calluses – can be caused by continuous friction between the foot and the shoe, which can be avoided by wearing correctly fitted shoes.
Ankle Sprains - injury of the ankle by rolling the ankle over the foot.
If you would like advice on footwear or are experiencing any of the above issues please book for a Biomechanical Assessment.