Our feet bear an enormous burden of daily living , As well as carrying the weight of our body.  They must also twist and flex with increased impact and strain when we move around.

Even through simple day to day activities such as standing and walking, our feet can be injured if not properly supported. Shoes play a vital role in this, as well as protecting our feet from external dangers.
The importance of a good fitting shoe

Choosing shoes that fit well as an important part of caring for your feet.

Finding the right fit may mean you have to look at a few different styles to accommodate your particular foot shape.

Because feet are rarely the same size, it is important that you fit your shoes to your largest foot.  An experienced footwear salesperson can help you with this.  However, since most shoe manufacturers have their own size range, you should make decisions on what feels right.

People who have mis shapen feet from an injury or medical condition such as arthritis or diabetes may require shoes with extra depth or width.  Some people may require orthoses ( inserts).  Occasionally a custom-made shoe will be most suitable. These should be prescribed by a podiatrist.

Shoe buying tips

When buying new shoes, keep in mind the following:

  • Materials: leather is preferred for shoe uppers.  Synthetic or rubber soles are best for the sole as they tend to be more durable, shock absorbtion and provide better grip than leather.
  • Security; shoes should be secured on the feet with laces, straps or buckles –  especially walking shoes.  If your feet have to work to hold your shoes in place, your foot muscles may be strained.
  • Shape:  pointed shoes can make your toes “claw”.  This can affect overall body posture and cause back pain.  Clenched toes can cause rubbing, leading to corns and calluses,

          Broad- toed shoes prevent the feet from cramping but must be secure so the foot doesn’t roll.

Also Check the following

  • The heel of your shoe is less than 2.5 cm.  High heels increase pressure onto the ball of your foot.
  • Your shoes have a well padding sole.  A cushioned sole absorbs shock and reduces pressure to the feet.
  • Your shoes are made from a material that breathes.   Fungal infections such as tinea love a warm moist environment.  Absorptive socks can help with drawing moisture away.
  • Your shoes protect you from injury.  Your feet must be protected from your immediate environment.  People with diabetes and circulatory problems need to be especially careful that they do not injure their feet.

Footwear at work

If you work in a field that increases the chance of injuring your feet.  Safety shoes are vital.  Safety shoes and boots protect your feet, help prevent injuries and reduce the severity of injuries that occur in the workplace

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