Here at Robinson's Shoes, we believe that finding the right fit is paramount when it comes to footwear. We take this so seriously in fact, that we are now working alongside medical professionals to emphasise this. Matched with our years of experience in footwear, over the course of October we will be launching clinics in our Carrickfergus showroom for those who find it difficult to find the perfect fit and/or have issues with their feet.
We will be teaming up with leading Podiatrist, Dr. Elaine Hoey from Get In Step Podiatry, who has worked with a range of elite sportsmen and women, including Commonwealth Games athletes, the Scottish Institute for Sport and professional sporting teams. Elaine is a specialist in Gait Analysis, customised orthotics/insoles, sports injuries, lower limb and foot pain.
Elaine also has extensive experience in treating a wide range of recreational athletes, children, and individuals with the foot complications associated with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other auto-immune conditions. She has very Kindly put together this blog on why wearing ill-fitted shoes can lead to big foot problems!
A high proportion of the population wears incorrectly fitting shoes. Your feet have the big job of supporting your body weight and sustaining the impact of standing, walking, running, and everything else you do throughout the day. Your feet are your foundations for all daily activities and are comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Numerous foot problems, including bunions, blisters, corns, calluses, claw and mallet toes, Morton’s neuroma, generalised forefoot pain, heel pain, arch pain, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus can advance due to ill-fitting footwear. Improper support can also cause pain beyond your feet, like in your knees, hips or back, as other parts of your body overcompensate.
Due to the prevalence of problems potentially caused by ill-fitting footwear; “footwear should be viewed as a medical device or an instrument for a healthy lifestyle” (Hurst et al; J Foot Ankle Res 2017).
The bottom line: Your feet are doing way more than you give them credit for, so they need shoes to match.
Shoes, like clothes, are personal. The right choices for you will depend on your activity levels, age, occupation, height, weight, walking and running gait, personal style and a lot more. But if you’re experiencing any kind of foot pain that persists for days its time to see a podiatrist for an evaluation.
Footwear should be fit for purpose. The first step is the correct fit. You can’t remember the last time you got your feet measured. Foot shape changes throughout our lives, from childhood through to old age. Time to get your feet measured in-person, with the specialists at Robinsons, and give your feet the shoes they deserve!
Dr. Elaine Hoey - Get In Step Podiatry
Dr. Elaine Hoey Ph.D., BSc (Hons), MChS, HCPC Registered Podiatrist/Chiropodist, BUPA Registered Consultant.
Elaine has been awarded the Edinburgh and Lothians Branch Award for Clinical Practice in Biomechanics and Gait Analysis.
Get In Step Podiatry
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