It is estimated that in a life-time we walk about 100,000 miles; so think of your poor feet as we often neglect them.
It is extremely important to endeavor to keep your feet healthy, as well as, choosing well-fitting shoes in order to help prevent future foot problems from occurring. All footwear should be thought through and given consideration before purchasing. As we know feet comes in all shapes and sizes. Each foot has 26 bones and do not fully set until we are approximately 18 years of age.
By simply wearing the wrong shoe we can damage our feet foot – at any age.
To assist in buying shoes, ‘The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists’ have put together a guide to choosing the best shoes for your feet and hereare some tips to consider when buying shoes:
Heel –broad base, suggesting no greater than 4cm (1 1/2”)
Heel Counter –reinforces the heel cup, stabilising the foot upon ground contact
Sole – should provide cushioning for protection whilst walking, providing enough grip to prevent slipping
Upper – ideally natural materials e.g. leather or breathable fabrics to keep feet comfortable.
Linings – breathable materials e.g. leather or fabric keeping the foot fresh; ideally smooth and seam-free to prevent rubbing/friction.
Fastenings – laces/straps with buckles or touch fastenings ensuring the foot is securely within the shoe.
Toe Box – sufficient depth which will prevent any rubbing/pressure which could lead to sores/blisters/corns to the toes. Allow your toes to wiggle within the shoe.
Insole – preferably removable so that from time to time they can be freshly deodorised or cleaned, preventing possible foot conditions such as athletes foot. Also to allow easy insertion of padding or orthoses if applicable.
Also as we age, our feet can lengthen and spread (broaden) from many reasons, so consider having your feet correctly measured from a reputable shoe retailer.
For further details please download the following leaflet