We love our cars and take good care of them. But often we pay little attention to our main form of transport – our feet .
The average person walks 128,800 kms in a lifetime. That adds up to a lot of wear and tear over the years.
Who is most at risk ?
You feet may be in greater need of a regular check up if you
You don’t have to put up with foot pain and let it restrict your mobility and health .
Many problems can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment.
What can I do ?
Consult your Podiatrist is
Podiatrists are primary health care professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the foot and lower leg.
You do not need a doctor’s referral to see a Podiatrist
When was the last time you serviced your feet?
As an employer you can prevent foot problems at work by
Regardless of your work place – office, shop ,warehouse , restaurant – comfortable , properly fitted footwear is essential to maintaining foot health .
Appropriate footwear can protect your feet against cold, preventing them from getting wet or by cushioning them from the impact of your job.
In many workplaces , safety shoes/ boots are necessary to protect against environmental risks but they also need to be comfortable and correctly fitted . Always have your feet measured . Remember that the length, width and depth of the shoe should all be considered .
Your children’s feet
You worry about your children’s teeth and eyes and other parts of their bodies , You teach your children washing, brushing and grooming, but what do you do about their feet which are still developing and have to carry the body through a lifetime?
Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood.
During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 percent of its adult length. This is why podiatrists consider the early years to be the most important in the development of feet .
Neglecting foot health can also lead to problems in other parts of the body , such as legs and back.
Shoe selection is most important for people of every age. Primarily, footwear is worn to protect the feet from injury while daily tasks are carried out .
Shoes must fit the feet of the wearer. This is critical to avoid the many problems ill fitting footwear can cause.
The shoe should be Long enough
If one foot is larger than the other, fit the shoe to the larger foot . an insole can bridge the gap in a smaller shoe.
A survey through Wide Bay Podiatry showed that most people buy their shoes too small!
Keep that in mind when you next buy shoes .
Try to shop for shoes in the afternoon when the feet tend to be larger and always have your feet measured. Shoes should be fitted whilst you are standing , as this is when your body weight will influence their position and fit .
Some people find their feet change shape as they grow older.
Problems can arise from wearing particular types of footwear eg slippers or scuffs which may cause a shuffling gait .
Shoes need to be matched to the activity you will be undertaking. They all need to fit.
For general use and for exercise walking.
Features to look for:
Lace up ( firm hold on the foot)
Thick sole ( cushioning and non slip)
Leather upper ( better ventilation )