Things to look for when buying shoes - Active Care Podiatry Capalaba

Choosing the right shoes is an important step in avoiding foot pain. The main functions of footwear are to support the structures of the foot and to protect the foot from injury.

There are several aspects of shoes that make up the level of support. One of these components is arch support. Good arch support is often needed to prevent the foot from overpronating (rolling in) and from suffering overuse injuries.

Some of the other important aspects to look for when buying a shoe include:

  • The shoe should only bend where your foot bends (at the joint of the big toe)
  • The shoe should resist being twisted
  • The heel counter should be fully enclosed, high and firm
  • The toe box region should be deep and roomy
  • The shoe should be a thumb width longer than the longest toe
  • The shoe should be able to be fastened to the foot by a buckle, belt, strap, elastic or laces
  • If a heel is present it should be no higher than 2.5cm
  • The shape of the shoe should match the foot (curved last for a curved foot). If the shape of the shoe does not match the foot, the shoe will be uncomfortable
  • The midsole of the shoe should be firm yet shock absorbing

When a shoe properly supports the foot, it allows the muscles to work less. Not only does this lead to a more comfortable shoe, but it reduces the risk of injuries and conditions like metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis or bunions.

If you’re unsure of what to look for in a pair of shoes your local Podiatrist can give you some personalised advice. If you would like to see one of our Podiatrists regarding footwear advice call our reception at (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment.