Where do you start when buying a new pair of shoes? There are countless shoe brands with countless styles that make it hard to know where to start. When we look at shoes there are two functions we believe a good shoe should be able to perform: SUPPORT & PROTECTION.
Properly supporting the foot allows the muscles of the foot to work less. This leads to a more comfortable shoe and a reduced risk of conditions like plantar fasciitis or heel pain. Properly protecting the foot allows the joints of the body to work less in absorbing shock. This reduces the compression of soft tissue and again reduces the risk of injuries, especially overuse injuries.
Here are some of the most important shoe aspects to look for when buying a shoe, whether it’s a pair of running shoes, walking shoes or work shoes:
- The shoe should only bend where your foot bends (under the joint of your big toe)
- The shoe should resist being twisted
- The heel counter should be fully enclosed and firm
- The front of the shoe should be deep and wide enough
- The shoe should be a thumbs width longer than your longest toe
- The midsole of the shoes should be solid yet shock absorbing
- The shoes should be comfortable
By applying these standards the next time you look for shoes you will be able to find the right ones for your feet. If you have any other questions call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists.