Tips for choosing shoes from our Geelong podiatrist

October 16, 2012

Footwear is an important part of preventing foot conditions. Incorrectly fitting shoes can lead to all manner of problems, particularly in children, and we advise you take into account the following tips which can also ease any existing foot conditions.

When buying new shoes always consider:

  • the function or need of the shoe
  • any pre-existing foot conditions
  • the material the shoe is made of;
    • leather is breathable, stretches and conforms
    • synthetic is more water resistant, less breathable and elastic.

Features of a good shoe should include:

  • the rearfoot – it should have a firm heel counter, minimal heel depth with a removable innersole to accommodate an orthotic.
  • The top (transverse arch) – adjustable velcro strap or laces to support the top arch of the foot.
  • The toe box – the shape should conform to the natural shape of the toes. Avoid anything too narrow that compresses the toes and the depth should accommodate bunions and hammer-toes if present.
  • Flexibility – the shoe should mainly bend where the toes bend naturally, minimising side-to-side mobility.
  • The Arch – arch support already built into the shoe may benefit those who require support through this area. The shoe can provide some assistance in supporting the arches, however more specific and aggressive support may be provided with an orthotic device.

Always make sure you buy good fitting shoes and, if in doubt, talk to your podiatrist who will give you relevant advice and options for your foot condition.