Step 1: Push
Want to see how much support your shoes provide? Push the back ends of your shoes inwards.
If the back end stays firm, the heel counter is robust and will provide significant support to your feet. If the back end bends inwards, the heel counter is flexible. This means you either have a light-weight training shoe meant for activities that don’t require support, or you may need to re-think your footwear purchase!
Step 2: Bend
Want to check your shoe is flexible where it counts? Bend it where your toes will go.
Your foot naturally bends and flexes at your metatarsal joints, located just behind your toes. Having a shoe that bends with your feet is important not only for comfort, but also for facilitating training routines. The more flexible and elastic your shoe is where the metatarsal joints bend, the greater your ability to activate and act on the muscles in your foot.
Step 3: Twist
Want to make sure your foot is supported during physical activities? Ensure the middle section of your shoe can’t twist.
You should not be able to twist your shoes through the middle, instead it should remain stable and firm. This is essential for supporting your foot arch, and when bearing the weight of your body.
Step 4: Tie
Want to make sure your feet are firmly secured in your shoes? Tying laces can help!
If you don’t want to use laces, then buckles or velcro can achieve the same result. By securing your feet, it helps to keep your toes from jamming into the front end of your shoes – and it increases support, which can help relieve pain in your feet.
What ailments can be caused by incorrectly fitted shoes?
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.
Where can you go to get shoes fitted correctly?
At FootMed Podiatry, we are able to assess whether your current shoes fit correctly and make appropriate footwear recommendations depending on your needs.
Dr Comfort Footwear can be ordered through your Podiatrist at FootMed Podiatry
Dr Comfort by DJO global is a worldwide leading brand in diabetic footwear. Dr Comfort provide footwear that is comfortable, stylish and quality for those with diabetes, bunions, hammer toes, heel pain and arthritis.
Their footwear is also appropriate for those whose foot shape makes it hard to buy proper fitting footwear – wide feet, narrow feet, swollen ankles and even those post trauma/surgery.
Dr Comfort gather the latest technology and shoe designers to create the best footwear appropriate for those living with diabetes or other foot conditions which affect their day to day life. The footwear is lightweight, seamless and is available in a variety of sizes, widths, depth fittings, different fastening mechanism and styles.