At the Foot and Ankle Clinic of Australia, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain healthy feet. In this week’s foot health tips, we’re focusing on the importance of Wearing proper footwear. By incorporating these safe footwear practices into your daily routine, you can improve flexibility and range of motion, which can help prevent injuries and keep your feet in top condition.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when purchasing new footwear

  1. Proper fit: Wearing shoes that fit correctly is fundamental for foot health. Shoes that are too tight can cause friction, leading to blisters, corns, and calluses. Tight shoes can also constrict natural foot movement and cause or exacerbate deformities like hammertoes and bunions. Conversely, shoes that are too loose can cause your foot to slide and create similar issues. A well-fitted shoe should leave enough space for your toes to wiggle, but secure enough to prevent excessive movement. Measuring your foot regularly is recommended as foot size can change over time.
  1. Arch support: Every foot has a unique arch shape, affecting how it distributes weight during movement. Shoes with good arch support can help maintain proper foot alignment, reduce overpronation or oversupination, and avoid conditions like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. For those who require additional support, custom-made orthotics can be beneficial. These are designed to fit your foot perfectly, providing precise arch support based on your specific needs.
  1. Breathable material: Foot perspiration can create an ideal environment for bacterial and fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. Shoes made from breathable materials like leather, canvas, or certain meshes allow air to circulate around your feet, helping to keep them dry and cool, reducing the risk of these infections. They also reduce foot odor and can be more comfortable for long periods.
  1. Quality materials: High-quality materials tend to last longer and provide better support for your feet. Synthetic materials may not last as long or provide the necessary flexibility and breathability your feet need. Natural materials like leather can adapt to your foot’s shape over time, offering a more personalized fit. It’s an investment in the health of your feet to choose shoes made from durable, high-quality materials.
  1. Activity-specific shoes: Different types of activities put varying levels of stress and pressure on your feet. Running shoes, for example, are designed with more cushioning in the sole to absorb the high impact associated with running. They also tend to be lighter and more flexible to allow for efficient movement. Work shoes, on the other hand, may be more focused on providing support and comfort for long periods of standing or walking. Selecting shoes that are designed for your specific activities can significantly improve comfort and reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries.

Remember that safe footwear practices are just one aspect of maintaining healthy feet. Regular foot care, including washing and moisturizing your feet, trimming your toenails, and inspecting your feet for any abnormalities, is also crucial for foot health.

Thanks for reading our foot health newsletter! We hope you found these tips helpful and learned something new about how to keep your feet healthy. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot health, we’re always here to help at the Foot and Ankle Clinic of Australia. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll see you again next week with more helpful tips and information.