At Robinson’s Shoes, we’ve been helping customers for over 60 years find the perfect fitting footwear. The benefits of finding good quality footwear are about more than just comfort though – properly fitting shoes could help prevent serious foot disorders that are often common in both men and women who regularly wear ill-fitting footwear (or in other words, suffering for fashion). If you’re suffering from sore feet, whether it’s heel pain, fallen arches or tender toes, you might benefit from the services of a professional podiatrist, in addition to your properly fitting shoes of course.
Common foot complaints that we hear all the time from measuring customers in the showroom are that shoes are rubbing again toes, bunions, numbness, or you might experience ankle pain, leg cramps, lower back aches – and you might not attribute all of these symptoms to your feet. That’s why we rely on the expert services of Dr Elaine Hoey, a fully qualified podiatrist and a registered consultant at Get In Step Podiatry, who has many years of experience with foot complications associated with posture, gait, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune conditions.
If you’re in pain or struggling with problems with your feet – don’t. You don’t have to suffer in silence, or at all - when all it takes is a visit to the podiatrist to discuss your aches and pains. Podiatry is a specialist area of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower limbs, and is suitable for anyone of any age. When you visit Elaine, you can expect to be assessed walking, standing and, if applicable, running, to visualize your unique individual gait or running pattern and to flag any areas of concern. Elaine doesn’t just treat patients with foot complaints – she has also worked extensively with athletes seeking to improve their performance without risking injury or pain.
What to look for in good shoes
When it comes to footwear, we know what we’re talking about. We’ll measure your feet accurately and provide you with your true size – many of our customers are surprised to find that they have been wearing the wrong sized shoes for years. The shape of your foot will also mean that certain styles are more comfortable than others – every shoe is made on a last, and this last will determine the fit of your shoe. We’ll help you find the perfect shoe for your foot.
When to contact a podiatrist
If you’re feeling any niggles in your feet, or if you notice pain when exercising not just in your feet but in your lower limbs and back, then talk to Elaine at Get In Step Podiatry. Whether they are routine chiropody foot problems or specific concerns you have, put your feet in the hands of a professional. She can perform a full assessment and identify any problems areas before they become areas of chronic pain. Where necessary, orthotics (or prescription insoles) can be recommended, which are used to support proper foot function and relieve pain and discomfort. Elaine can fit these custom orthotics to your footwear to ensure they are completely comfortable before you leave. Using your shoes and insoles together at first might feel a bit strange, but Elaine can also assess your foot, knee and hip positions are in a good alignment while you’re wearing these new additions to your shoes – it might feel odd because you’ve been so used to having incorrect posture for so long! You can get in touch and book an appointment with her on the website.