Footwear Advice at Pod Fit Podiatry Adelaide
Our feet bear a large burden of daily living as well as carrying the weight of our body. Shoes play a vital role in supporting our feet, as well as in protecting them as we walk and run.
At Pod Fit Podiatry we provide consultations for footwear assessments. These assessments involve taking a history of your foot and leg concerns, previous footwear assessments and identifying areas of wear on your shoes. From this point, we provide a gait analysis both in shoes and barefoot, as well as a biomechanical assessment including a 3D foot pressure analysis, and provide you with a list of shoe recommendations and retailers that would best suit your situation.
There is no such thing as the one perfect or best shoe. Feet come in many shapes and sizes, and are involved in many different activities.
Our Advice as Podiatrists at Pod Fit Podiatry:
When buying new shoes, it’s important to ensure:
Shoes fit properly (look for a thumb width extra in length and adequate width across the widest part of the foot)
Material and make of shoe is supportive for the kinds of activities you engage in
That they are comfortable from the first wear
Choosing shoes that fit well is an important part of caring for your feet. Finding the right fit may mean you trying a few different styles to accommodate your individual foot shape. Because feet are rarely the same size, it is important that you fit your shoes to your larger foot. Since most shoe manufacturers have their own size range, you should make decisions on what feels right, rather than simply based on the shoe being the “right size”. An experienced footwear sales person can help you with this!
People who have differently shaped feet from an injury or medical condition, such as arthritis or diabetes, may require shoes with extra depth or width. Some people may require custom orthotics also, and with our new slim and flexible devices there is no issue fitting these into shoes.