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What Shoes Do We Wear On Our Feet During Summer?

Without a doubt come summer time I always get asked “what shoes do you wear during summer?” Often the answer is… you guessed it, THONGS!

As we all want to avoid wearing closed in shoes that make our feet sweaty, hot and uncomfortable it’s an easy choice to want to throw on a pair of our trusty thongs.

So why don’t we like you wearing thongs?

Typically, when wearing thongs, you may notice that as your feet are exposed they will often dry out causing calluses and cracks to develop especially on the heels as a result of the harsh temperatures and dry heat. Over time if left untreated, this could lead to deep fissures causing pain and potential infection to occur.

With all open toed shoes, you are more at risk of stubbing your toes or tripping over as your feet will try to grip onto the shoes to enable you to balance. In doing this it can also lead to the toes clawing with over time causes the muscles within your feet to become restricted.

The majority of thongs are made out of flexible materials that often provide no support, with a thin strap that attempts to hold your feet in.

So what is the solution if thongs are so bad for your feet!

Shoes such as Birkinstocks or Archies could be the perfect option for you! They are a more sensible, comfortable and podiatrist approved shoe that provides you with comfort and support for your arches!

It should be advised that it is recommended that you speak to your podiatrist prior to buying any of these shoes to ensure that they are suitable to your foot type and needs.

This article was written by Lauren, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Lauren either give us a call or book online and select ‘Lauren’ as your practitioner.

Call us on 8645 9888 or,

Why Do Women Commonly Have More Foot Problems Than Men?

 Women more commonly present to the Podiatry clinic with foot concerns than men. Some factors that can predispose women to this are footwear and attending nail salons for pedicures.

 

Footwear:
Women’s fashion footwear in the current market provides little to no support for foot function. They are often ill fitting and place a higher level of stress through the foot. While men’s shoes typically have a wider toe box, fastenings and greater ground contact surface area, the opposite is noted in most women’s shoes. High heels and ballet flats are two of the most commons women’s fashion shoes. These two types of shoes in particular demonstrate problematic characteristics for good foot health.

 

High heels:
The smaller contact surface area, elevated heel height and narrow toe box of this shoe type place greater stress on the forefoot and alter the natural gait cycle significantly. The smaller surface contact area and forward shift in the bodies centre of gravity place most of the bodies weight onto the ball of the foot. Common pathologies linked to long term use of high heels include: bunions, corns, callus, toe deformities, Achilles tendonitis and plantar plate tears.

 

Ballet flats:
Ballet flats may seem like the lesser of two evils when it comes to women’s footwear, but this is not the case. Soft soled shoes with no fastenings and little structure to the shoe also cause harm. This type of shoe is often harder to keep on your foot and allows for excessive foot motion in those with pronated foot types. Often digital deformities, heel pain, calluses and pathology due to poor foot posture are associated with this type of shoe.

 

Nail salons:
Attending nail salons is often something women do to pamper themselves but there is a risk associated. Fungal nail infections and ingrown toe nails are common in those frequenting nail salons. Booking a medical pedicure with a Podiatrist is one way to avoid such risk while still enjoying the benefits of a pampering treatment.​

If you have any issues that you need to discuss with one of our skilled podiatrists, please call us on 8645 9888 or,

Why I Think It Is Important To Wear A Good Running Shoe For Exercise

Most people wear runners for their physical activity, and can wear these runners for too long without updating the shoe for long periods such as 2+ years.

 

This can cause injury as the technology in the shoe wears down with wear and stops being effective. It is important to update your running shoes every 700-800kms, including walking and all activity not just time spent running in the shoe.

 

In addition, depending on the exercise or activity you are doing, it is important to make sure you are wearing an appropriate shoe for the appropriate type of activity. For example, tennis shoes should just be worn for tennis and should not be worn for long runs.

 

I as a podiatrist, I believe in wearing good runners, keeping them up to date and not letting them get over used. Reason for this include;

 

  •         Importance of avoiding injury – this is a big point as the shoe will help protect your foot and take the shock of high impact activities rather than your joints and body.
  •         Avoidance of blisters
  •         Avoidance of uncomfortable footwear
  •         Improvement in physical activity
  •         Improvement in gait

 

If you are having issues with your runners, want to know which type of runners you should be wearing or if you are getting pain in your lower legs or feet, don’t hesitate to come in to see one of our friendly podiatrists.

 They will provide you with an assessment and advise you of any needs that can assist in being pain free and ensure that you are happy being active.

 

This article was written by Alex, one of our skilled Podiatrists. To book in with Alex either give us a call or book online and select ‘Alexandra’ as your practitioner.

 

You can call us on 8645 9888 or,

 

When Do You Need To Replace Your Shoes?

Imagine This Scenario

 You have just started to train for a marathon. Your first few months of training have been going quite well up until last night when you started to experience pain in your feet and knees. You have never experienced an injury before this first occurrence, which makes you wonder, why now?

You book an appointment to see your local podiatrist and after undertaking a full consult, your podiatrist notices that your shoes are very worn. This makes you question just how often you should be replacing your runners and what are the signs that your runners are too worn?

Runners and Replacement

The midsole of your runners provides your feet with cushioning to allow you to perform at your peak. The majority of runners are made from EVA known as Ethylene- Vinyl Acetate to provide cushioning. Typically, the midsole will only provide between 300-500 miles (700-800kms) of wear and tear, which means that you should be replacing your runners every 3-6 months.

A general rule to follow is that if you wear your runners for about 30 minutes a day or around 3- 4 hours a week you should replace your runners every 6 months. While wearing your runners for 60 minutes a day with an average of 7 hours a week would indicate that your runners need to be changed every 3 months.

It is important that while undertaking exercise, you listen to your body. This plays a important role as to when it’s time to change your runners.

  •   If you begin to experience discomfort or pain in your feet, legs, knees, hips and back you will likely need new runners.
  •   If you start to experience blisters or hot spots in unusual places, the shoe may be stretched allowing increased movement within the shoe.

Signs of Wear

Just by looking at your shoes you can figure out whether they need replacement:

  •   Heel stretched out or broken at the interior
  •   Soles worn out excessively
  •   Shoe moulded to your feet
  •   General wear and tear of the fabric
  •   Significant wear pattern on the heels may indicate excessive pronation/ supination
  •   If you can bend the toes in half towards the heel easily

Walkers often tend to wear out the heel more quickly compared to runners due to hitting the ground more frequently. In both runners and walkers, you may increase your risk of developing shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heels spur and stress fractures.

There are 3 simple ways that may help increase the life span of your runners including

  •   Rotating 2 pairs of shoes
  •   Removing shoes properly by untying laces and by not using the back of the heel to remove shoes
  •   Only wearing your runners shoes for running

If you are experiencing any pain due to running or want to seek advice about your shoes, please book in now with one of our skilled podiatrists at Podiatry HQ.

You can call us on 03 8645 9800 or

 

Preparing Your Feet For Oxfam

 

With the start of Oxfam upon us this weekend, it is important to make sure that your feet are ready for your 100km journey.

 

In the lead up with your training you should have already trialed and tested numerous walking shoes that will be able to carry you through-out your journey to ensure you avoid blisters forming. Your shoes should be appropriate for long distance walking and need to be fitted to your foot type by a professional.

 

By knowing areas in which blisters tend to form you can ensure that footwear, socks and controlling moisture will help to avoid these blisters occurring. While blisters still may develop on the day, at least you will be prepared with first aid kits and trained podiatrists at all check points to keep you on the track.

 

It is also important that with ongoing training that you make sure you train in the same shoes and socks that you will be walking in on the day to ensure that your feet will withstand the long distance.

 

In this week leading up to the Oxfam Trailwalker it is important to consider these tips:

 

1. Remove excessive amounts of callus as this is likely to cause blisters to develop underneath
2. Apply emollient to your feet
3. Make sure all toenails and short and straight to avoid catching and irritation within the shoes, this will also help to avoid black toenails occurring.
4. Have your feet taped if you are prone to blisters and a build up of callus
5. Make sure that you reduce your training to ensure that you feel refreshed for the big event.

 

If you are about to participate in this weekends Oxfam event make sure that you book in to see one of our friendly podiatrists today to get your feet Oxfam ready. Just Book online or call 8645 9800 today


Image Reference: https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/melbourne/

How To Select The Correct Running Shoe For Your Needs?

Choosing the correct running shoes is just as important if not more important than making sure you are using the correct equipment for the sport you’re playing. You need to make sure that the shoe you will be wearing is going to assist in your running technique as well as providing comfort since you will be wearing them all the time.

To be able to select the correct running shoe for your foot type you first need to determine what your foot posture consists of.

There are 3 different foot types known as flat feet, neutral and high arches. To begin with let’s define what each of these really mean:

Flat feet occur when the arches are lowered towards or are flat on the ground and are typically more flexible with over-pronation occurring.

Neutral foot type occurs when the arch height is even, with minimal rolling inwards and outwards

High arches are the opposite to flat feet in which there is a significantly large arch making the foot more rigid

Now that we have determined your foot posture, we need to make sure that we are selecting a runner that will accommodate your foot type.

Those with flat feet tend to be better off with a high stability runner to avoid over-pronation, a neutral foot posture best suits a neutral style of runners and high arch types are better suited to a more cushioned shoe that allows some flexibility.

Foot type is not the only feature that you need to look out for when buying runners.

Other features you should look out for include:

  1. Shoes based on activity such as wearing basketball shoes that are intended to be worn for basketball. Activity based shoes are developed to facilitate the sport you are playing and to assist in avoiding injury
  2. Make sure to replace your shoes based on the wear and time frame that you have been wearing them
  3. Make sure that you are getting your shoes fitted to your foot type

It is important to note that those who wear orthotics or are being prescribed orthotics are best to wear a neutral style runner to avoid over correction occurring.

If you have trouble finding the right runner for your needs then come and visit us at Podiatry HQ today for an assessment with one of our friendly podiatrists.

Changing Your Running Shoes

Knowing when to change your running shoes is very important. Your running shoes are designed to provide you with support and protection while you undertake your next run. Like most shoes your running shoes will eventually need to be changed due to wear and tear. Your runners often tend to be worn out due to mileage, foot type and body weight.

Walking and running shoes have a limited life span as a result of the breakdown that occurs with each step that you take, leading to a reduction in the cushioning and support which they provide. It is recommended that after every 450-500 miles, your shoes are replaced. There are a few other factors that may make you more prone to wearing out your runners quicker including:

 

– Running on the road compared to softer and more cushioned surfaces such as an Athletics track

– Over- pronators who run regularly will wear out shoes quicker compared to someone with a Neutral foot type

Not only do you lose the support and cushioning running in shoes that have an excessive wear pattern but you can increase your risk of developing injuries to the feet, legs, ankles and pelvis due to overuse.

Other than keeping a record of the duration and mileage of your running you may also notice these features on the bottom of your shoes:

– The outer sole has worn down to the midsole showing a white appearance

– The mid sole of your shoe may feel soft and more likely to compress when pressure is applied

– The heel counter will compress and provide less support

– Your toes may wear through the toe box of the shoe

– The soles of the shoe are worn differently

– Your shoes do not stand up straight when sitting on a flat surface​

If you are an avid runner and have noticed these changes to your running shoes then it’s time to get yourself down to Athlete’s Foot for a new pair to keep you on track!

The not so great shoe swap

 

I’m sure we can all agree, at some point we’ve suffered from “shoe envy”.  I get it all the time!  Being a Podiatrist, I’ve got two minds about shoes – there’s the fashionable ones (you know the ones, nice heel, lovely calf accentuation and lengthening effect, may have some foot pain in the morning – but you are going to look great!) and then there are the comfortable ones (make your calves look fat and you look frumpy- grrr but functional and comfortable).

You get that overwhelming sense of excitement when your best friend who luckily has the same size foot as you brings home the newest and most fashionable shoes for the season that cost over $1000.  YES! You have the most perfect outfit for them..

…or there’s an auction site which is listing those same shoes in “pre-worn good condition” for a quarter of the retail price.  You look at the photo’s and judge that they look “good” – the soles are a bit worn on the inside of the big toe, the heels are worn on a small angle and they may be just a little bent out of shape along the outside of the small toes.

Regardless of if you are borrowing the shoes or buying them on this auction site, you’ve got the shoes and ready for your big night.  You are going to look fabulous!

You put on your shoes and they feel a bit uncomfortable even before you have left your house, and you think to yourself – I’ll just have to wear them in, they’ll be fine in a few minutes..

An hour in, you are sitting down on the bar stool praying that you don’t have to walk anywhere, these shoes are killing!  What’s wrong with them?  A few hours later its time to move on to another place, how are you going to do this?

Walking down the street, you feel your usually stable ankles wobbling about and the balls of your feet are burning!  What should be a really easy walk, has turned into torture.  Why me? Why now?  Moving forward to the next venue you trip and hear a snap.. ankle swells up, night over!

The reality is, unfortunately swapping, borrowing, sharing or buying second hand shoes has a number of “painful” consequences.

Every person has an individual gait pattern (walking pattern) which is as individual as a fingerprint.  This gait pattern determines how a shoe is worn and ultimately the pattern of wear on that shoe.  If another person with a totally different gait pattern wears this shoe, their gait pattern will be influenced by the wear pattern on the shoe.  This can cause your foot to move in a different way than what it is used to, making it work in a different way.

Our feet are amazing structures, they move in so many different ways.  Putting someone else’s shoes on is a new challenge for them, so every structure in the foot, leg and even lower back that has to compensate for the new movement in the foot.  The pain and even injury is caused by not being used to the newly influenced pattern.

The bottom line is, wearing some one else’s shoes is not a good idea.  In our clinic we have seen a number of injuries come through the door for treatment including: sprained ankles, foot fractures, calf strains and tears.

It’s only due to an increasing number of these injuries occurring that I felt I had to address the problem.  Yes, there are so many beautiful shoes out there, but its always best to stick to your own shoes!

By the way, to make some of your high heels more comfortable, we do have a range of high heel orthotics you can purchase.  Just follow this link for more info: http://www.medicalpedicure.com.au/high-heel-orthotics/

These are particularly good for professionals who feel they need to wear high heels to work daily.

MB.