The perfect shoes and how to find them
Alison and the Surrey Physiotherapy team
If the show fits…
The shoe that fits one person will pinch another, but if you know what to look for then they shouldn’t pinch at all … well, perhaps only your purse!
Shoes should always be fit for purpose – i.e. running, walking on hard pavements, walking in the countryside, dancing. And almost every time you will get what you pay for, with the more expensive ones usually being better constructed using higher quality materials. This doesn’t mean that you always need to opt for the most expensive trainers, but those at the bottom of the range are unlikely to give you adequate support and cushioning.
Tips and tricks to help buy the right shoe:
- Making sure that you have adequate cushioning when walking on hard pavements will dissipate shock, reducing the force experienced in the ankles, knees and hips;
- If you pick the shoe up by the heel and toe and try to bend it, it should bend across the toes. If it doesn’t bend or collapse under the arch it will not allow normal foot function;
- For everyday shoes pick a small heel with the height of the heel measuring twice the thickness of the sole – i.e. 1″ heel with 1/2″ under the sole of the foot;
- If you have bunions or corns make sure the shoe is not too tight;
- Comfort is important when you try shoes on. Don’t be tempted to think that shoes will stretch and become more comfortable. Leather will stretch a little (although only across the width – not length) but manmade fibres won’t;
- If you wear orthoses, take them with you when you try on new shoes;
- Later in the day is best for measuring your feet and trying on shoes as feet normally expand and spread during the day;
- Check for seams, raw edges, anything that is likely to cause friction or rub;
- When trying shoes on, stand up, walk around and make sure the fit feels secure;
- Soles should provide a good grip. Leather soles and some manmade fibres can change areas such as station concourses into a skating rink;
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Celebration, classes and a little bit of a cake
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
The Surrey Physio Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention class joined the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on 3rd October.
As you can see, there was a magnificent selection of cake to choose from and we did our best to try them all!! Many thanks to everyone in the class for taking part so enthusiastically and well done for raising a fantastic £131 for Macmillan Cancer Support.