This shoe article was written by Daniel Gibbs in 2014 but the content still applies today…
My mother is a physiotherapist, and she has always told me, “Invest in what you sit in and sleep on”.
We spend a lot of our time sleeping; we also spend a lot of our time sitting. However I am going to take it one step further (no pun intended)…
We also spend a lot of time walking.
That’s right. Did you know that in your lifetime you will walk on average the distance equivalent to 4 times around Earth?
While my mother’s sage advice still rings true, when I now pass on the same advice I add, “Invest in what you sit in, sleep on, and walk in.”Did you know that in your lifetime you will walk on average the distance equivalent to 4 times around Earth? Click To Tweet
There is no avoiding it. You actually do get what you pay for in a shoe. Whether you’re looking at shoes for men, shoes for women or shoes for kids, quality footwear will generally cost a little bit more but we think the investment is well worth it. And with the amount of force that goes through your feet, it is best to wear shoes that help your body move efficiently.
How do I know what shoe is right for me?
Not all feet are equal. There are some shoes that are suitable for some people, and not suitable for others. Different shoe types exist for different activities and different foot types.
There’s an entire shoe industry dedicated to providing us with unlimited choice, how can we choose a shoe that is appropriate for us?
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Remember the “4 S’s” when it comes to choosing the right shoe for you:
- Size – Ensure there is a thumb-width of space at the end of your shoe so your toes don’t get squashed or cramped. Try them on at the end of the day when your feet are more swollen.
- Support – Check your shoes to make sure they bend where the foot normally bends. Shoes should be rigid in the middle, flexible at the toes, and have a firm heel counter for support.
- Secure – Loosely fitting shoes cause aching and tiredness as your muscles work harder to keep the shoes on. Choose shoes that are secure on your feet with laces or a buckle so you will be able enjoy your day for longer.
- Soft – With the force of 4 times your body weight going through your feet with walking, it is good to have some cushioning in your shoes.
Should I Wear My Favourite Shoes?
At Posture Podiatry, we realise that fashionable footwear is also important, so we have worked out ways to help you cope with those shoes that would otherwise need to be peeled off your feet at the end of a long night.
We can help you ensure your feet are in their best possible shape to cope with your daily activities.
If you would like us to help you find the right shoe for you, recommend good shoe stores, or even assess your shoe collection (we have had people bring suitcases full of shoes to their appointments!), come on in and have a talk with our podiatrists at Posture Podiatry.
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