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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.

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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.​

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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.

 

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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.

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